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NGOs and domestic violence against the black woman: an "intersectional" and communicative action theory approach

Grant number: 11/11936-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2011
Effective date (End): September 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Anthropology of Afro-Brazilian Populations
Principal researcher:Heloisa Buarque de Almeida
Grantee:Rocío Alonso Lorenzo
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Gender studies and human rights discourses recognize that gender and race discriminations are not mutually excluding. However, making such "intersections" visible and situating them strategically in the day-to-day social intervention of non-governmental organizations is a challenge. This project seeks to analize ethnographically the project Popular Legal Promoters (PLPs) developed in São Paulo by Geledés - The Black Woman Institute. PLPs are community leaders enabled by Geledés who listen and give advice and orientation to other women on how to get access to the law when their rights are threatened. The project uses Jürgen Habermas's communicative action theory with the attempt to understand how discursive procedures, institutionalized in the context of NGOs political action, can subvert normatively assured family dynamics where, at the same time, ethnic-racial and class belonging intensify violence occurrence.

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