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Mothers, sisters, daughters and queens: family, kinship and its meanings among drag queens

Grant number: 15/25571-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2016
Effective date (End): March 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Urban Anthropology
Principal Investigator:Isadora Lins França
Grantee:Rubens Mascarenhas Neto
Supervisor: Prof. Matthew Cook
Host Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of London, England  
Associated to the scholarship:15/00640-5 - From the square to the stages: transits and networks of young drag queens in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, BP.MS


This research proposal is focused on exploring the discussions on the new forms of family. In the ethnographic context that I'm working on my Master's Research, I have been reflecting on a group of black and low income drag queens in the city of Campinas, Brazil, and the constitution of their artistic career. Pursuing of better opportunities in local and regional market, the drag queens in this ethnographic context congregate sons and daughters (mostly young drag queens), creating a large family of supporters, in both economic and emotional senses. I'm interested in analyse the meanings of family and kinship through a theoretical update and literature review, under the supervision of Professor Matt Cook, from Birkbeck College, of the discussions and reflexions on family, specially focused in LGBTQ. Professor Cook worked with non-heterosexual families in Britain, especially in urban contexts, and with narratives made by writers on their strategies in making family arrangements.

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