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Lifestyle and political conflicts in contemporary Brazil

Grant number: 21/04485-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2021
Effective date (End): February 28, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology
Principal researcher:Michel Nicolau Netto
Grantee:Gustavo de Sousa Vieira
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:18/20074-2 - Beyond distinction: tastes, cultural practices and class in São Paulo City, AP.TEM


In contemporary Brazil, symbolic struggles over lifestyles seem to be linked with disputes around the politics. From an attempt to articulate in a single object issues typical of studies on lifestyles (cultural practices, tastes and consumption) and studies on political behaviors (opinions and actions of individuals in relation to politics), the objective of the research we propose it is to investigate what kind of links are established between social classes, lifestyles and political behaviors. With this, we seek to understand the role of the articulations between culture and politics in the formation of symbolic boundaries between social groups. In this investigation, we will test the hypothesis that the link between lifestyles and political behaviors is a sign of the entry of lifestyles into the set of criteria used by individuals to demarcate political boundaries and justify political behaviors. Methodologically, we will carry out questionnaires and in-depth interviews with a group of fathers and mothers or guardians of students from four schools in the city of São Paulo (two public and two private) that are characterized by different socioeconomic backgrounds.

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