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Master's and Doctorate

Chants of diasporic memory:

representations, (dis)identifications and

performances from Mishima to Okinawa

Doctoral thesis defended by VITORU,

in the Graduate Program in Social Sciences at Unicamp.

Abstract: This thesis proposes reflections and actions around representations, (dis)identifications and performances that cross and are crossed by issues of gender, sexuality and nation in a (geo)political economy of culture marked by power relations. Inspired by decolonial queer knowledge, the research departs from a study of the work/life of the Japanese writer Yukio Mishima, who committed harakiri in 1970, and corners of the memory of the Okinawan diaspora, to problematize official narratives of history, especially of post-colonial Japan. war. In addition, it performs an autoethnographic narrative, seeking to highlight the contemporaneity of the Okinawan "problem", as well as the limits and paradoxes of identification processes of diasporic subjects. Experiencing the body as a means of investigation and enunciation, this thesis also seeks transdisciplinary practices of research and action between the Social Sciences and the Performing Arts.

Outlines of a sociology of knowledge of the environmental issue: conceptions of sustainability and Brazilian academic production. An analysis of the Scielo database

Master's Dissertation defended by VITORU
in the Graduate Program in Sociology at Unicamp

Abstract: The issue of sustainability has been established since the last decades as one of the main challenges of the 21st century. Increasingly present in the speeches of governments, international organizations, businessmen, political parties, media, NGOs and social movements, it has also been internalized in the scientific field, appropriated and theorized by scientists from different areas of knowledge and with the most different theoretical- politicians. With that in mind, this dissertation problematizes the scientific discussion on sustainability through a sociology of knowledge of the environmental issue. Based on a bibliographic review, it proposes expressive conceptions of total sustainability and equates the problem of the origin of divergences on the subject through the mannheimian concept of perspective. For this, in addition to a brief theoretical discussion around the sociology of knowledge, the work reconstructs the argumentative logic of each conception of sustainability, identifying its theoretical bases and characteristic elements. In this sense, six conceptions of total sustainability are proposed: a) eco-efficiency; b) degrowth, c) stationary condition; d) eco-development; e) ecosocialism; f) risk society. In addition, the research includes an empirical analysis of articles on sustainability indexed in the Scielo Brasil database. Combining quantitative and qualitative methods (content analysis), the objective of the empirical investigation was, as an intellectual exercise, to understand how Brazilian academics tend to appropriate the term and theme of sustainability. The results of the empirical research show that there is an increasing number of articles on the subject being published in Brazil. This production is carried out by scientists from different areas of knowledge and is influenced by the various constructed concepts of sustainability, with a certain predominance of eco-efficiency and eco-development concepts. The research was carried out in the context of the FAPESP Thematic Project (Process 05/52317-1) - linked to the Center for Environmental Studies and Research (NEPAM) at UNICAMP - whose objective was to develop a "sociology of the environmental issue, interdisciplinarity and environmental changes global", investigating whether there are specificities of internalization of the environmental theme in Latin American social sciences, arising from the socio-environmental characteristics peculiar to the subcontinent.


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