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TEIXEIRA, Carla Costa  e  SILVA, Cristina Dias da. The construction of citizenship and the field of indigenous health: A critical analysis of the relationship between bio-power and bio-identity. Vibrant, Virtual Braz. Anthr. [online]. 2015, vol.12, n.1, pp.351-384. ISSN 1809-4341.

This article discusses two contexts of ethnographic research in indigenous health, through which we reflect on the kind of citizenship produced in the political dialogue between the government and indigenous political participation, considering their actions, norms and discourses about health. In the case of social contexts in which governance practices focus on individual bodies and populations, we ask if it is possible to speak of an emerging bio-identity for indigenous peoples in the Brazilian Healthcare System. We have organized our discussion in two stages: (i) reflect on the effects of government policies on indigenous health, regarding the rich and complex field of connections between biology and politics; and (ii) reflect on the potential of these categories to understand political identity in the field of health.

Palavras-chave : indigenous health; ethnography; citizenship; bio-power; bio-identity.

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