Subjective dimension of a sub-citizenship status: considerations on the Brazilian social inequality

Luane Neves Santos Alessivânia Márcia Assunção Mota Marcus Vinícius de Oliveira Silva About the authors

This article deals with the theme of social inequality and its repercussion on the subjectivity of Brazilians, based on an integrational effort for the overcoming of the objectivist vision of the fenomena. To do so, it makes use of the proposals of Jessé Souza, sociologist, and of Gonzalez Rey's psychology, having in mind a better comprehension of the socio-psychological processes that take part in this fenomena, which are many times perceived and biased by economists. The article adopts as a start point the many explanations of Jessé Souza, mainly his descriptions of the inequality in the Brazilian society, which has as a consequence the outcome of a “human sub-citizenship”. I took the symbolic elements used by Gonzales Rey which have the same values and are also related to a formation of a subjective social inequality, consolidated on day to day group practices. It is therefore necessary to put together several interpretations in order to better understand what social inequality is. Taking into account the different perspectives that overcome the dichotomy individual-society - as the construction of the social sub-citizenship as well as the other effects on how social inequality has been consolidated and has a feedback in Brazil - there is a structural component related to the social subjectivity, being the latest also perpetuated through the prereflexive action of each individual, on each individual subjective experience.

Subjectivity; Social issues; Social psychology; Social exclusion


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