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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.21

Brazilian anthropology as political voice for rights and solidarity


  • Dr. Lia Zanotta MACHADO

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Brazilian Anthropology is characterized by the priority study of political minorities in the Brazilian territorial context. The constitution of the Brazilian Association of Anthropology (ABA) in 1955, made a strong commitment to the constitution of a political voice in the public sphere in favor of the rights of minorities. The Brazilian Constitution promulgated on October 5, 1988 established the rights to cultural diversity and citizens' rights. In this broad period, social identity movements have grown in the name of cultural diversity: indigenous and traditional peoples, rights to environmental sustainability, and coping against racism and sexism. The anthropologists from their knowledge became important voices making known through their studies and ethnographies the rights to diversity. They published notes, articles in newspapers, interviews in the media and in social networks, far beyond academic speech. They began to dedicate themselves, in the public sphere, to the promotion and defense of the conquered rights. In recent years, the political landscape in favor of fundamental rights has receded. The participation of the ABA and the anthropologists in the name of the defense of fundamental rights, based on their anthropological studies, has become more and more pressing.