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We have no stop: transvestites movements, appropriatuons and socialities in the sex market

Grant number: 19/23431-3
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 20, 2020
Effective date (End): August 19, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Urban Anthropology
Principal researcher:Luiz Henrique de Toledo
Grantee:André Rocha Rodrigues
Supervisor abroad: John Francis Collins
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Research place: City University of New York (CUNY), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:16/08210-2 - We do not stop: displacements, appropriations and sociabilities in the transvestite prostitution, BP.DR


The production of the experience of travesty and its activities, such as prostitution, are closely linked to territorial mobility. The studies on the subject usually approach it from the notions of stratification, status and distinction. This project intends to investigate the internal processes of transvestite and person production, which implies thinking about circuits and geographic shifts, but not only in them.I try to analyze the various meanings that the mobility category may contain in what makes it reveal the dynamics of the existential displacements between genera associated to the transit activities between cities and places by transvestites. In principle, I will try to identify some circuits that show such displacements between cities in Brazil, locally recognized as places of prostitution in view of the notion of street - a category very mobilized in other analyzes - rethought here in the light of field research. Understanding that these rhizomatic movements do not necessarily constitute stable networks of displacements and flows of agents, suggesting a more entangled environment of lines that are made and are continually undone, this project intends as an ethnographic experiment to identify in these displacements a multisituated dynamics of experiences whose focus on the mobilities, appropriations of spaces and the production of socialities around the activity of transvestite prostitution present a relevant problem, that is, the co-determinant relationship between gender production and the generalized production of urban spaces.

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