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Archives ethnography – between the past and the present

Maria Cristina Castilho Costa

Last modified: 2010-07-05


This paper presents the studying methodology of documental archives generated in modernity as a form to understand the relation between the state and the society. The Miroel Silveira Archive of Communication and Arts School of the São Paulo University, consists of theatre previous censorship process in São Paulo, from 1930 to 1970. From the researches developed in this Archive, this paper presents the ethnographic method as a way to interpret the information and relations between the parts. The ethnography make possible to establish a bridge between the past and the present, marked period by the proliferation of public and private archives.

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