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Invisibility as Ethics: Affect, Play and Intimacy in Maranhão, Northeast Brazil

Shapiro, M; (2013) Invisibility as Ethics: Affect, Play and Intimacy in Maranhão, Northeast Brazil. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

My work explores how low-income residents of the Brazilian state of Maranhão constitute affective relations with kin and otherworldly forces. Both men and women locally consider the expression of desire, rage, longing and other emotive dispositions as the provenance of autonomous agency. Persons however also stress the indispensability of self-restraint, ‘respect’ and deference in the maintenance of abiding social hierarchies. In the course of ordinary life, both these frameworks of action inform the public presentation of ethical personhood. Based on 20 months of fieldwork, my thesis focuses on the ways by which persons employ these mutually-exclusive modalities in the generation of intimacy within and across family houses.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Invisibility as Ethics: Affect, Play and Intimacy in Maranhão, Northeast Brazil
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Keywords: Brazil, Maranhão, Kinship, Affect, Ethics, Play, Intimacy, Invisibility
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1412626
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