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'Altporn', bodies, categories, spaces and connections : an ethnographical study about online pornography

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Author(s):
Carolina Parreiras
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Doctoral Thesis
Institution: Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas
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Examining board members:
Débora Krischke Leitão; Jorge Leite Júnior; Guita Grin Debert; Regina Facchini
Advisor: Maria Filomena Gregori
Abstract

This thesis aims to discuss and analyze the porn videos found on the Internet, focusing on the so called alternative or 'altporn' pornography. From an anthropological perspective, I try to understand the ways in which online acts in the erotic market, especially in Brazil, increasing segmentation of the pornographic genre and allowing the growth of so-called alternative pornography. I realize a balance of the literature on the study of the online and also about the context in which this research happened, marked by a series of disputes and litigation. In this ethnographic excursion, I analyze the categories and conventions of sexuality, sexual acts and bodies found in altporn. They are the responsible for giving to this kind of productions the alternative label. Finally, I propose to understand the close connection of altporn with the networks - technological and spatial - what we might call alternative scene in the city of São Paulo, as well as the many images of urban space that circulate among the subjects of this research (AU)