Research fields

The research comprises extensive and intensive fieldwork in four locations (Lisbon, Oporto, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo). The election of these locations results from previous extensive researches (Feldman-Bianco 2001, Peixoto 2002, Machado 2006,
Malheiros 2007, Padilha 2006) that identify them as significant sites for the study of Portuguese and Brazilian migration in Brazil and in Portugal, both as sending and receiving contexts. The fact that these particular urban sites correspond to the location of
the research units involved in the project, therefore reducing travel and maintenance expenses, was also taken into account. We follow Fog Olwig’s (2007) point of view when defining family as a group of people who share a certain set of moral values and expectations that impel them to engage in intensive exchange relations involving help, visits, recollection of memories and permanent communication.
Ethnographic fieldwork in migration contexts will integrate both private and public domains. Though the home and the domestic materiality tend to assume a significant part in contemporary material culture studies in general, and in migration contexts in materiality tend to assume a significant part in contemporary material culture studies in general, and in migration contexts in particular (Rosales 2010), the research will also contemplate other sites for observation such as stores and shopping places, coffee-shops, esplanades, churches, associations, clubs, parties, public gatherings, festivities and public services as well as, whenever possible, the subjects’ work places.

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Materiality, contemporary movements and policies of belonging