Parentesco, gênero e individuação no cotidiano da casa em um bairro popular de Salvador da Bahia

Translated title of the contribution: Kinship, gender and individuation in the day-to-day life of the house in a working-class district of Salvador da Bahia

Cecilia McCallum*, Vania Bustamante

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Abstract

In this article we analyze the day-to-day construction of kinship, individuation and gender differences in a low income neighborhood of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. We argue that these topics are best approached through a processual analysis based on the category "house"; and we show that those concepts linked to a structural-functionalist model still used in the literature, such as "the domestic life cycle" or "matrifocality", hinder understanding more than help it. Our ethnography shows that in Salvador the house exists as included in a configuration of houses. Further, within both, relations are organized in such a way as to integrate two distinct principles of relatedness: "sangue" ("blood") and "consideração" ("intentional" relatedness). Moreover, the relational existence of the house and of the configuration of houses is linked to the coexistence and mutual integration of individuating efforts and relational processes.

Translated title of the contributionKinship, gender and individuation in the day-to-day life of the house in a working-class district of Salvador da Bahia
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)221-246
Number of pages26
JournalEtnografica
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2012

Keywords

  • Brazil
  • Gender
  • House
  • Kinship
  • Person
  • Salvador da Bahia

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