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Secularisms, national states and politics of recognition: comparing the processes of regulation and the demands for recognition of ayahuasca groups in Brazil and in the USA

Grant number: 15/15855-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 04, 2016
Effective date (End): January 03, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology
Principal Investigator:Paula Montero
Grantee:Henrique Fernandes Antunes
Supervisor: Saba Mahmood
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:13/24663-9 - The use of ayahuasca as a public problem: a comparison between the cases of Brazil and the United States, BP.DR


The global widespread of ayahuasca churches is demanding many countries to consider the claims for religious recognition of ayahuasca groups, as well as the implications of the possible regulation or prohibition ayahuasca tea. Such processes are reaching a wide international scale, reverberating questions concerning religious freedom, minority rights, the consumption and trafficking of psychoactive substances, public health and safety, among other issues surrounding the debate on the use of ayahuasca. Therefore, the aim of the research is to focus on the relations between secularism, national states and recognition politics in Brazil and in the USA through the analysis of the regulation processes of ayahuasca tea for religious purposes and the demands of ayahuasca groups for legal recognition as religions. (AU)

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