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Psicologia Clínica

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GOLDENBERG, Mirian. What the Brazilian woman wants?. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2011, vol.23, n.1, pp.47-64. ISSN 0103-5665.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S0103-56652011000100004.

In this text I discuss the role of the body as an important form of (physical, symbolic, and social) capital in Brazilian culture. I try to lay out the distinguishing traits of a culture in which the body is a crucial element in the construction of a national identity. It can be said that in Brazil the body is a capital, maybe the most desired one by the urban middle class and also lower strata, which perceive the body as a fundamental vehicle for social ascension, and also an important form of capital in the job, spousal, and erotic markets.

Keywords : gender; body; capital; marriage; ageing.

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