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We do not stop: displacements, appropriations and sociabilities in the transvestite prostitution

Grant number: 16/08210-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2016
Effective date (End): October 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Urban Anthropology
Principal researcher:Luiz Henrique de Toledo
Grantee:André Rocha Rodrigues
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/23431-3 - We have no stop: transvestites movements, appropriatuons and socialities in the sex market, BE.EP.DR


Mobility is something that is closely linked to the experience produced by transvestitism and the activities that surround it, such as prostitution. The studies on the subject tend to emphasize mobility tied to the stratification, status and distinction. This project aims to investigate the internal processes of production of transvestitism and the person, which implies thinking about circuits and spatial displacements, but not only them. I try to analyze the various meanings that mobility category can reveal the dynamics of existential shifts between genres associated with the activities of shifts between city and place for transvestites. In principle, I'll seek and aim to identify some circuits that show such displacements between countryside cities of São Paulo, locally recognized as prostitution places paying attention and rethinking the notion of street, a very mobilized category in other ethnographic analysis. Understanding that these movements have rhizomatic logic - which do not observe principles of beginning and end - and do not necessarily constitute stable networks of displacements and agents flows, suggesting more a line of tangle environment, this project aims, as a methodology, identify in these displacements one dynamic multi-located of experiences that focus on mobility, appropriation of spaces and production of sociability around the transvestite prostitution activity, closing an important ethnographic problem, which it is, the co-determinant relationship between gender production and gendered production of urban spaces.

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