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Ethnocide and social memory: the village of dead in Sertão Paulista

Grant number: 13/23688-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2014
Effective date (End): August 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Social Psychology
Principal researcher:José Francisco Miguel Henriques Bairrão
Grantee:Juliana Dal Ponte Tiveron
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil


This study chooses the indigenous ethnocide and social memory as two guiding principles for the construction of a social psychological knowledge with and about the Indians. Presents the main objective of understanding how this past still reverberates in the lives of native remnants. Delimits as empirical field Kaingang ethnicity and social memory of this, triggered by the colonizing front of Oeste Paulista, happened with the construction of the railway Noroeste and coffee production. Such a definition is guided by the recent colonization of this region of the state, which can contribute to obtaining a larger amount of remnants and a significant effect on the remaining indigenous social memory. Another reason for this choice is due to the presence of sharp conflicts between settlers and Kaingang that influenced the creation of public policies and two Indian land: Icatu and Vanuíre. Adopts a design- theoretical application of Lacanian psychoanalysis in the area of ethnopsychology, known as escuta participante. Regarding data collection, it will occur once a month, over a year in the lands mentioned above, and will be organized as ethnography of both villages, attentive to descriptions of physical spaces, as well as information from informal conversations and coexistence with the remaining indigenous adults, recorded in a diary. Reading this guiding the data analysis, which will focus on understanding the articulation of social memory (verbal, body, esthetics) and listening to the unsaid, that is, the unconscious. Thus, attention will be given to marks mnemonic that recur over and gestures and objects that are considered significant to recall.

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