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Hunting and crusades: reflections on moral panic and human rights between Brazil and United Kingdom

Grant number: 21/07225-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 20, 2021
Effective date (End): January 19, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology
Principal Investigator:Marcos César Alvarez
Grantee:Gustavo Lucas Higa
Supervisor: Roxana Pessoa Cavalcanti
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Brighton, England  
Associated to the scholarship:17/25438-0 - Moral panic and human rights: the experience of the so-called humanization policy in São Paulo, BP.DR


My PhD research intends to discuss Moral Panic in the scope of the sociology of violence, punishment and social representations of crime and human rights. For the purpose of this analysis, during the internship I will conduct a more specialized study of the Moral Panic approach, both in theory and methodology. At the end of this study, I will have a mapping of the discussion and its main developments. Therefore, this experience will provide two important results: first, it will help me to develop my ongoing PhD research. Second, it will contribute to bring the mapping and updating of the main bibliography of Moral Panic to the discussion in Brazil, since there is not much production on the subject in Portuguese. As an auxiliary objective, I intend to conduct a very brief comparative empirical study between Brazil and the UK to identify the similarities and differences between the Moral Panic processes on both sides, especially about punishment and human rights. In this sense, it should be possible to compare the types of discourses and their means of realization. In short, the main question is: does the human rights issues trigger Moral Panic in the UK as it does in Brazil? In what way? (AU)

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