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Accepted Paper:

Emotions, Moralities and Deprivation in Contexts of Crisis: a comparative approach Brazil-Portugal  

Authors:

Antónia Pedroso de Lima (ISCTE-IUL CRIA)
Maria Claudia Coelho (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro)

Paper short abstract:

This paper analyzes strategies employed in dealing with precariousness in contexts of crisis. Its focus is on the articulation between emotions and moralities in the process of choosing ways to face deprivation experiences.

Paper long abstract:

This paper analyzes strategies employed in dealing with precariousness in contexts of crisis. Its focus is on the articulation between emotions and moralities in the process of choosing ways to face deprivation experiences. Research takes on a comparative approach, addressing strategies adopted in dealing with contexts of macroeconomic crisis - the Portuguese case during austerity policies - and in dealing with contexts of institutional crisis - the Brazilian case of public servants at Rio de Janeiro in 2016-2017. Its theoretical outline combines insights from the anthropology of emotions, gift-giving analysis and economic anthropology. The methodology employed is the in-depth interview, approaching issues such as: a) understanding of possible causes of the situation of precariousness, emphasizing interviewee perception about his/hers own responsibility for it; b) strategies deployed to face deprivation (indebtedness, costs reduction, search for new sources of income); and c) emotional grammars which guide/are elicited by these strategies, such as indignation, shame, hope, anguish, anger, etc.

Panel P130a
Contexts and experiences of precariousness: discourses, practices and emotions