Dissertation Abstracts

"From dark to dark": nikkei's land, work and memory in the municipality of Lucélia-SP

Author: Hasegawa, Aline Yuri, aline.hasegawa@gmail.com
Department: Programa de Pós Graduação em Sociologia
University: UFSCar, Brazil
Supervisor: Maria Aparecida de Moraes Silva
Year of completion: 2013
Language of dissertation: Portuguese

Keywords: Sociology , Memory , Social Cartography , Nikkei Community
Areas of Research: Community Research , Historical and Comparative Sociology , Social Transformations and Sociology of Development


This research focuses on the consequences of the expansionof the sugar cane industry on the small farmers production in the municipality of Lucélia-SP. The perception of the Nikkei community about this process provided the material basis – through the interviews, the visits, and sharing their memories and emotions - from which we undertook analyzes of the relationship with the land; the forms of resistance of a rural way of life; the immigrant experience; and family strategies. Elements that inform the constitution of a subjectivity rooted in ethnic identity elements, as indicated by the subjects of this research, that are facing the threat of recurring subsumption of their specificity by the colonizer capital. The methodology formulated for this research aimed to cross various levels of sociological analysis: from the strategies of those involved in social processes, how they articulate and elaborate their memories and projects to make front to the contingency of the everyday , to the analysis of broader forms of reproduction of capital through the territory. So, we articulate the memory to earth, and this synthesis deeply informs on what basis rests the rural way of life and
propose the cartographic narrative as the result of this cross. Thus, precisely in the fusion of mapping and oral history, which we named a cartographic narrative. In a way, we trust that they facilitate and enhance the understanding and visualization of the issue pursued in this research. Thus, throughout this text, made in the border of several areas, dialogues with different currents of thought and therefore resorts to unorthodox sources to be possible to be done. Also we faced the challenge of theoretical and methodological work with a community to which I belong, this discussion was also addressed in this text. Interviews, participant observation, photographs, maps, historical documents and academic historiographical texts were mainly elements that fueled the analyzes undertaken here. Finally, we present a text permeated by the narrative of the experience of the establishment of real relations of knowledge with stakeholders.

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