Copos, corpos e afetos: Género, sexualidade e imigração nas Casas de Alterne

Leading researcher: Lira Dolabella
Research group: Governance, Policies and Livelihoods
Type of project: Doctoral research
Status: Concluded
Keywords: Gender | Sexuality | Immigration | Sex market


Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: CAPES (Brasil)
Reference: Doutorado pleno (5648-10-6)
Starting date: 01-09-11

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Abstract

This work is the result of an ethnographic research held between 2010 and 2015 about the universe of experiences lived by Brazilian women who work in “Bares de Alterne” in Portugal. Bares de Alterne are gentleman’s clubs where the woman’s job is to entertain the customers and to make them to consume. This study presents a multidimensional outlook over the life of eleven Brazilian women involved in such activity paying special attention to: the migratory process and the condition of being a migrant in Portugal; the kin relations reshaped by the transnational situation; the performances and strategies employed in the interactions with the customers inside and outside the bars. The main objective of the research is to analyze and to understand the processes of identities ressignification produced in this context, especially regarding the perceptions and objectifications women in this field make about sexuality. From the stereotypes based in a tropicalized otherness, passing by the social depreciation of the instrumentalization of intimacy, to the exaltation of motherhood and the care for the family, all the dilemmas analyzed here have been related with the ways that woman’s sexuality is produced, understood and lived in the contemporaneous western society. Nevertheless it was very important to understand the ways the subjects of this research are socially placed within the structures of gender, sexuality, nationality, race and class. From then on it was possible to highlight not only the influence of the social positioning in the life of these women but also the ways they convert the inequalities into resources that destabilize the power and open possibilities of negotiation and agency.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub106*Antónia Pedroso de LimaSupervisorproj98*Copos, corpos e afetos: Género, sexualidade e imigração nas Casas de AlterneDoctoral researchConcluded
pub253*Lira DolabellaResearch scholarproj98*Copos, corpos e afetos: Género, sexualidade e imigração nas Casas de AlterneDoctoral researchConcluded
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