(Re)significações das tranças e outros penteados em Angola: as moças das tranças na “Praça Nova” da cidade do Lubango

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This ethnographic experience presents the braids and other hairstyles made in women’s hair, more than a hairiness matter, as a social arrangement and as identity references of individuals or ethnic groups. The general purpose is to understand the identity and aesthetic patterns of female’s corporeity and its meanings toward the establishment of contemporary identities in the south of Angola. The main hypothesis is that, either for braids or other hairstyles, made within the hairdressing houses located in the informal markets and other places, contribute for the ressignification/definition of the woman body as an identity and aesthetic object, providing “positivity” to the physical and social characteristics of black women from the south of Angola and their identity groups. The ethnographic experience was carried out with the braid women who work at “Praça Nova”, one of the informal markets from Lubango city. The field survey was carried out in Huíla province, in Lubango and Chibia cities. Well-known as one of the vital institutions in Angola, the informal market is here presented as a place used not only for shopping and product sales or as the subjects service attendance area, i.e. economic exchanges, but also a place for socialization, their permanence and other social exchanges for the interlocutors and those who attend the market. It is evidenced the presence of women, their relationships in the market with the place and other entities that attend the place. The braid women relationships and other individuals, at the place, replicate to certain extent the existing social system. The bodily practices and the interrelationships between the braid women and their customers, the body techniques, the sorts of braids, the braid styles and many other issues are here observed, often side by side. Through the ethnographic method, it was designed the Field Diary, photographic registry, besides the interviews and bibliographic survey. It is concluded from the interaction with the participants and from the researcher experience that, the frizzy hairs, the braids and other hairstyles are redefined based on local, regional, national and global standards and from distinct colonial and post-colonial periods in this specific matter.



SONGA, Eufrásia Nahako. (Re)significações das tranças e outros penteados em Angola: as moças das tranças na “Praça Nova” da cidade do Lubango. 2017. 146 f. Dissertação (Mestrado em Antropologia Social) - Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, 2017.