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Fractal: Revista de Psicologia

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VASCONCELOS, Michele de Freitas Faria de  and  ZAGO, Luiz Felipe. Market of flesh: unpredictable bodies in biopolitcs. Fractal, Rev. Psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.27, n.3, pp.219-227. ISSN 1984-0292.  https://doi.org/10.1590/1984-0292/1480.

The article seeks to reflect upon regimes of visibilities and corporeal truths in the field of neoliberal biopolitics. It articulates conceptual discussions undertaken in two distinct research fields: one is the online gay cruising site, Manhunt, and the other is a Center of Psychosocial Attention for Alcohol and other Drugs (CAPS-ad). Although these two researches have been undertaken in radically different fields, the category of “Market of Flesh” emerged as an analytical articulator, promoting empirical and theoretical approach on the production of bodily arrangements focusing on performativities of masculinities in the territory of CAPS and on the online gay cruising site. Drawing on ethnographic descriptions of the CAPS and the online gay cruising site, as well as on semi-structured interviews with their users, this article builds a theoretical and political intersection of gender norms in contemporary era, pointing out possible corporeal (re)existences in the biopolitics market for the research participants.

Keywords : biopolitics; body; gender; governamentality; masculinities.

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