Author Archives: Lucas Riboli Besen

Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at UFRGS/Brazil. My research explores the materialization processes of political discourses through legal cases. For the last 10 years, I study how sexual and gender identities have become matters of the State in Brazil.
At a sunny park, a large banner is held that says "G-8 Generalizando" and "sex and gender rights." A rainbow pride flag stands on a pole next to the banner.

When Sex Becomes a Matter of the State: Peciagraphy as a Qualitative Method for Examining Legal Cases

For the past ten years, I have been conducting ethnographic research on the Federal Supreme Court’s (STF) decisions on sexual identities in the Brazilian legal system. Despite the variety within this realm, I have always had the same guiding question: how do the STF and social movements perform sex as a matter of the state? (read more...)