Affects in Quilombola Territory: a Possible Praxis for Psychology

Ana Flávia de Sales Costa Odair José Câmara Edmundo About the authors

Abstract

This article originated from doctoral research in the graduate program in psychology at PUC Minas, in which we sought to understand how to broaden the power of children and young people as political subjects in a quilombola community. The theoretical framework that guided this study was socio-historical psychology. The methodology was the research-psychosocial intervention, conducted through observation and talking circles, with 14 children and young people between 7 and 18 years from Lagoa Trindade, Jequitibá, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The Quilombola community could be understood by the logic of the affects circulating in the territory, taking into account the interlocution of the racial relations that affect the political subjects. In addition to the limitations caused by a structural racial inequality in our society, which reproduces and sustains places of privilege and exclusion, we need to create strategies to strengthen the power of life circulating among black peoples, coming from a story of struggle and perseverance. This understanding of political power present in the quilombola territory shows a privileged path for the performance of psychology.

Keywords:
Quilombola Community; Affectivity; Territory; Psychology; Psychosocial Intervention

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