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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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FERREIRA, Ligia Ribeiro  and  ALESSIO, Renata Lira dos Santos. The Drag Queen Experience as a Transition in Adult Life. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2020, vol.20, n.3, pp. 813-834. ISSN 1808-4281.

From theoretical reflections driven by the Network of Meanings and Gender Theories, this work aims to investigate senses and meanings constructed on experience as a drag queen in adult life. The methodology used was based in biographical interviews, carried out with five participants, between 20 and 39 years of age, who have or already had experience as drag queens. For the analysis, a microgenetic approach was performed, correlating elements of the Net of Meanings with the narratives. Adulthood does not appear as a linear course, being permeated by ruptures, conflicts and negotiations of meanings and positions. Adulthood becomes the stage on which it is possible to occupy certain spaces of power to put into practice desires and curiosities that sometimes go back to childhood. The drag queen emerges as an element related to this process, tied to several positive (art, accomplishment, freedom) and negative (shame, prejudice, degrading) senses and meanings.

Keywords : drag queen; developmental psychology; adulthood; transitions; network of meanings.

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