The Transfer of Affective Knowledge as Anthropological Knowledge


  • Matan Shapiro



Knowledge, Truth, Performance, Affect, Kinship


Contemporary academic discourse renders knowledge transfer as a reciprocal procedure, which is supposed to generate political engagement, partnership and consent by sharing truthful information. The travel of information in everyday life may however also be thought of in light of disengaging dynamics associated with falsifying, concealing, deceiving, disguising and lying. Partaking from practices of jealousy, sexual betrayal and gossip in a popular neighborhood in North-East Brazil, this article proposes that the transfer of information in the neighborhood necessarily involves strategic considerations about the complex interconnectedness of truth and lie in quotidian practice. In that aspect a narrative is constituted by successfully omitting and occulting some facts just as much as it is by revealing others.

Author Biography

Matan Shapiro

Matan-Ilan Shapiro is a PhD student at University College London (UCL). His field site is located in São Luis de Maranhão (North East Brazil). He works on issues related to emotional communication, seduction, jealousy and local kinship structures.