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Girls aged 12-15 in a Brazilian working-class neighborhood: gender, sexuality, reputation

Grant number: 23/03666-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): August 28, 2023
Effective date (End): February 27, 2024
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Education
Principal Investigator:Chantal Victória Medaets
Grantee:Maria Fernanda Corrêa Frazão
Supervisor: Ana Margarida Martins Barroso
Host Institution: Faculdade de Educação (FE). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal  
Associated to the scholarship:22/02870-1 - Girls aged 12-15 in a Brazilian working-class neighborhood: gender, sexuality, reputation., BP.MS


This research aims to describe and analyze different styles of femininity identified among adolescent girls (12 to 15 years old) in a neighborhood on the outskirts of the city of Campinas. Bearing in mind that the school institution appears as central to the construction of the studied group's femininity, the aim is to understand the place that school education and the school occupy in their trajectories. The research is anchored in an ethnography developed with girls, mostly between the ages of 12 and 15, for whom issues related to sexuality begin to be part of everyday life, in different ways and to different degrees. The field research was carried out in two stages. In a first stage, meetings designed as an alternative to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic were held with a group of seven girls aged between 12 and 17, ballet students. The second stage was carried out in a municipal school in the territory, in which I carried out participant observation and interviews with 33 girls. I articulate the situations observed in the field mainly with two sets of studies: anthropological research on the construction of femininity in popular environments and research in sociology and anthropology of education on gender and school education. The internship abroad aims to enable the discussion of the data produced with other researchers and to improve the theoretical paths for the development of the research. (AU)

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