Thais Machado BorgesUniversitetslektor, Docent
Universitetslektor, FD, Docent
Undervisar och forskar vid Latinamerikainstitutet, Romanska och klassiska institutionen.
Jag är docent i socialantropologi och universitetslektor vid Latinamerika institutet, Stockholms universitet. Jag har gjort omfattande fältstudier i sydöstra Brasilien med inriktning på följande ämnen: telenovelas och populärkultur; konsumtion av medieprodukter; genus, klass och kroppsmodifiering; konsumtion och medborgarskap; social ojämlikhet; avfallsproduktion, hantering och återvinning ur ett sociokulturellt perspektiv.
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I urval från Stockholms universitets publikationsdatabas
Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Middle-Class Households, Waste, Consumption, and Environmental Awareness in Southeastern Brazil
2017. Thaïs Machado-Borges. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 22 (2), 298-319Artikel
This article examines how middle-class households in the city of Belo Horizonte, southeastern Brazil, deal with the waste that pervades their lives. Processes of classification and disposal are examined and related to consumption practices, the division of labor, and environmental issues. This research also examines how waste is implicated in the performance of middle class-ness, in notions of morality, and in norms and codes classifying and distinguishing the valuable from the worthless. The present study suggests that members of the ethnographic sample seem worried about issues regarding social hierarchies and class belonging, to a much greater degree than they are concerned with the environmental aspects of consumption and waste management. Out of sight, out of mind? In an explicit context of social inequality, behavior toward waste passes first through the lens of class.
"Les voix du rebut" ("Garbage Speeches"/"As falas do lixo")
2017. Thais Machado-Borges.Artikel
Garbage - that which is excluded, put aside, hidden, buried, taken out of sight, and rejected - is the starting point of this paper. Approached as refuted matter, garbage circulates between private and public arenas, between centers of power and forgotten peripheries. Approached as a social metaphor, garbage marks the limits between categories, between those things and people considered to have value, and those considered to be useless and disposable. In this paper, I discuss the use of language as a strategy for social positioning by analyzing some everyday interactions taking place among women from different social classes gathered during fieldwork in Southeastern Brazil. As I show, when practiced in asymmetric interactions, these garbage speeches not only classify people in terms of status and value, but also reinforce already existing differences. At focus in the present analysis are oral practices of social positioning where status and social exclusion are harshly negotiated.