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Physis: Revista de Saúde Coletiva

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CAVALIERE, Ivonete Alves de Lima  and  COSTA, Suely Gomes. Social isolation, sociability and social care networks. Physis [online]. 2011, vol.21, n.2, pp.491-516. ISSN 0103-7331.

This exploratory work examines the social isolation experienced by individuals with leprosy admitted to the former colony Tavares de Macedo, Itaboraí, where they were kept from the 1930s until the present day, to question notions of segregation and social discrimination present in this environment. So it analyzes sociabilities and social care networks established in the common life in this "ex-leper colony," usually as alternatives to the conditions offered by the public systems of social protection. The work is based on stories of some of the subjects, seen in their differences - at intersection of gender relations, classes, races/ethnicities, generations and also by religions and educational backgrouns.  It adopts the oral history, so as to offer new qualitative interpretations of social and historical processes shown in these networks and sociability, not always visible as unique forms of social protection of life in groups.

Keywords : social protection; social subjects; social isolation.

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