Passional Atlantic: mobilities and Euro-Brazilian transnational configurations of intimacy

Leading researcher: Octávio Sacramento
Research group: Circulation and Place-Making
Type of project: Doctoral research
Status: Concluded
Keywords: Intimacies | Mobilities | Transnationalism | Europe | Brazil


Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BD/60862/2009
Starting date: 00-01-2010

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Abstract

From a critical perspective of the sex tourism concept, the thesis explores the transnational features of adult heterosexual intimacy between Brazilian women and European men initiated within touristic stays of the latter in seaside neighborhood of Ponta Negra, in the city of Natal-RN (Northeast Brazil). Simultaneously, it discusses transatlantic movements that, inherently, are involved in the passionate attraction of both parties. The analysis assumes the impossibility to draw a clear line between commercial and non-commercial relationships, between escort service (programas) and the so-called normal or for love relationships. The main concern involves understanding, within the scope of political economy, nationality and identity correlations (with great historical density), and under the light of social actors’ biographical circumstances, expectations and practices constitutive of their intimate spaces. Some relationships go beyond time and place of the initial meeting and persist after the return of tourists to their countries, producing new and successive mobilities – not always classifiable, in a strictly and dichotomous way, in the frame of tourism/migration binomial – of Europeans to the Northeast Brazil and of their Brazilian companions in reverse. Thus, in addition to Ponta Negra, the reference and start point ethnographic site, other contexts are also considered, both in Europe and in the digital sphere, engaged in the flow network associated with the bonds started at the tropics and, part of them, kept at a distance in formats that often result in flexible scenarios of conjugality and residency.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub139*Miguel Vale de AlmeidaSupervisorproj118*Passional Atlantic: mobilities and Euro-Brazilian transnational configurations of intimacyDoctoral researchConcluded
pub349*Octávio SacramentoResearch scholarproj118*Passional Atlantic: mobilities and Euro-Brazilian transnational configurations of intimacyDoctoral researchConcluded
Other researchers

ResearcherPositionInstitutionProjOutrosTitulo_EN
Fernando Bessa RibeiroSupervisorUTADproj118*Passional Atlantic: mobilities and Euro-Brazilian transnational configurations of intimacy