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São Paulo webs: a study on social arrangements and family dynamics in Freguesia da Sé (1830 - 1872)

Grant number: 20/07542-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2021
Effective date (End): March 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of Brazil
Principal researcher:Maria Luiza Ferreira de Oliveira
Grantee:Gabriela Bernardes Andrade
Home Institution: Escola de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (EFLCH). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Guarulhos. Guarulhos , SP, Brazil

Abstract

This research intends to discuss the family composition of the inhabitants of the Parish of Sé in the city of São Paulo, between the years 1830 and 1872. The objective is to reconstruct aspects of the daily life, habits and coexistence of the free and liberated population of São Paulo's past, specifically addressing of their survival strategies and domestic arrangements. We started the research in the city that had just received the legal course and we will go until the decade of the arrival of the São José Theater and the railroad, decades marked by changes in the population, by the diversified commerce, by the arrival of new construction standards, and by a population density in the central parish. We will seek to document the population variations in Freguesia da Sé, the most urbanized and populous of the period, in view of the sociability networks maintained in family circles, thus mapping the dynamics and mobility of individuals. We also want to find out how family ties were sustained and to what extent religious institutions and the state influenced or not the strategies of family composition. To this end, we will carry out a combined study of parish records, bundles of population, processes of the Orphans' Court, memorialists, reports from provincial presidents. As it is a time of significant institutional changes, with the judge of peace, the new attitudes approved by the City Council, the new City Guard, the city inspectors, new characters have emerged inspecting daily practices and social relations. These decades were hardly visited by researchers, it is significant to delve into how São Paulo's families answered these questions. (AU)