Bodies of Immigrants – Migrants Bodies

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 18:00
Oral Presentation
Marcelo ENNES, Sergipe Federal University, Brazil
Natalia RAMOS, Open University / Center for Studies on Migration and Intercultural Relations., Portugal
The background question of this research are tensions between identities, otherness and inequality in contemporary society. That is, through this research we propose to study the interfaces between culture and power in the consumer society. We propose to study this question from the migratory phenomenon, the production of the stranger (SHUTZ; SIMMEL, BAUMAN, ELIAS, STOLKE) and ethinics surgeries. The realization of ethnic surgery was observed in the end of the 19th century and gets new signification in the contemporary society . The fieldwork was made in 2013 and 2014. The study had Lisbon and Madrid as empirical research universes. Forty Immigrants and six cosmetic surgeons were interviewed. The interviews were realized through semi structured questionnaire and we look to know the life trajectories of the enterviwed, as well as the their points of view about the immigration question and about the ethnics surgeries and other kinds of bodies modifications .The contents of enterview was analyzed based in the literature about the body social construction (FEATHERSTONE, LE BRETON, ORTEGA), ethinic surgery (GILMAN, NIECHAJEV E HARALDSSON, KIM-PONG TAMIS) , consumer society (BAUDRILLARD, BAUMAN, CANCLINI), and identities (HALL, BAUMAN, ENNES & MARCON).The result analysis demonstrated that immigrant bodies and their modifications can be understood like expressions of multiple and ambivalente affiliations and the expression of social subordination and transgression dynamics at the same time. These dynamics are produced both by their immigrant status and by stimuli of the consumer society.