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Invisibles: An Ethnography About Identity, Rights and Citizenship in the Trajectories of Brazilians Adults Without Papers

Fernanda Melo Escóssia ()
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Fernanda Melo Escóssia: CPDOC, Getulio Vargas Foundation

Development, 2020, vol. 63, issue 1, 44-51

Abstract: Abstract This article synthesizes some results of the author’s Ph.D. thesis, an ethnography about Brazilian adults who lived without papers until the moment they sought their birth certificates, which were being offered as a free public service in downtown Rio de Janeiro. In a dialogue with the concept of the ‘margins of the state’ (Das and Poole in Anthropology in the margins of the state, School of American Research, New Mexico, 2004), the article shows how undocumented people disregard themselves as subjects and analyzes the birth certificate as an institutional rite (Bourdieu in A economia das trocas linguísticas, Edusp, São Paulo, 1996), demonstrating that the search for papers is also for rights and citizenship.

Keywords: Birth registration; Rights; Citizenship; Documents; Ethnography (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1057/s41301-020-00245-1

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