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Of love and affection: sociabilities and desires as revealed by relationship sites

Grant number: 13/01130-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2013
Effective date (End): July 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology
Principal researcher:Iara Aparecida Beleli
Grantee:Jonatan Jackson Sacramento
Home Institution: Núcleo de Estudos de Gênero (PAGU). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


The main goal of the present research is to percieve to what degree market segmentation in relationship sites opens up new possibilities for the choice of sexual/affective partnerships. In particular, we reflect on difference markers such as gender, race/ethnicity, generation, class, sexuality and religion which operate to construct both the self and the desired other. The research looks at the sites G Encontros and Divino Amor, investigating user profiles and interviewing users (aged 18-39) in the São Paulo and Campinas metropolitan regions. Off-line interactions will be analyzed in the light of theories regarding gender, sexuality, youth and religion.

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