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    Favela pacification and mega-events in Rio: Shifting the nature of ‘narco politics’

Favela pacification and mega-events in Rio: Shifting the nature of ‘narco politics’

Much has been written about the effects of mega-events and the associated pacification programme in favelas. In this post, Philip Jones proposes that deficit in the control of Minha Casa Minha Vida housing units and of unpacified favelas is shaping a new form of drug-related power dynamics.

The announcement that Brazil would host the FIFA World Cup in 2014, and […]

As criminal as criminals?

Drawing on a Sao Paulo-based story from his latest book, Graham Denyer Willis explores the thin lines that separate the categories of ‘police’ and ‘criminals’, and how these boundaries are distorted, crossed and negotiated in everyday life in Latin American cities.

‘Police are as criminal as criminals’ is a common sentiment in Latin American cities. It is not a passing […]

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    As mulheres de Itinga: Bolsa Família e consciência política

As mulheres de Itinga: Bolsa Família e consciência política

O Programa Bolsa Família conseguiu retirar muitas pessoas da pobreza na última década. Neste post, Alessandro Pinzani contribui para o debate ao propor que, apesar dos beneficiários do Bolsa Família terem oportunidades de desenvolvimento pessoal, há muito ainda a ser feito para empoderá-los como cidadãos.

Existem muitos estudos que analisam o impacto econômico do programa Bolsa Família (PBF), avaliando-o com […]

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    The women of Itinga: Bolsa Família and political empowerment

The women of Itinga: Bolsa Família and political empowerment

The Bolsa Família Programme, a conditional cash transfer scheme implemented by the Brazilian government, has succeeded in lifting people out of poverty in the last decade. In this post, Alessandro Pinzani complicates this picture by proposing that, while Bolsa Família beneficiaries gain opportunities for personal development, there is a lot to be done to mobilise them for political empowerment.

Many […]

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    Festiva vigilância (e seus descontentes): O Rio dos megaeventos

Festiva vigilância (e seus descontentes): O Rio dos megaeventos

Há um debate público em curso em torno dos potenciais efeitos negativos dos mega-eventos acontecendo no Rio de Janeiro. Neste post, Jorge de La Barre contribui nesse debate discutindo a retórica dos mega-eventos na cidade e sua relação com os protestos recentes no Brasil.

Desde pelo menos os Jogos Pan-Americanos de 2007, a agenda carioca está integralmente predefinida pelos megaeventos […]

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    A festive surveillance (and its discontents): Mega-events in Rio de Janeiro

A festive surveillance (and its discontents): Mega-events in Rio de Janeiro

There is an ongoing public debate around the potential negative effects of the mega-events being hosted by Rio de Janeiro. In this post, Jorge de La Barre contributes to this conversation by discussing the mega-event rhetoric in the city and its relation to recent protests in Brazil.

Since at least the 2007 Pan-American Games, Rio’s agenda has been fully predefined […]

Book Review: El Sistema: Orchestrating Venezuela’s youth

The Venezuelan youth orchestra programme known as ‘El Sistema’ has attracted much attention internationally through its claims to use classical music education to rescue vulnerable children. Geoffrey Baker examines El Sistema’s program of ‘social action through music,’ reassessing widespread beliefs about the system as a force for positive social change. Anna Bull thinks this book will spur on some […]

April 15th, 2015|Art, Venezuela|0 Comments|
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    A different kind of security: The need for appropriate healthcare policies in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas

A different kind of security: The need for appropriate healthcare policies in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas

Much has been written about the utmost importance of tackling the security problem in Brazil’s favelas, as well as the troubled relations between favela residents and the police. In this post, Erika Robb Larkins complicates this picture by proposing that, in fact, a more pressing urgency is the limited policy attention to healthcare in these communities. She argues that […]

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    Fighting from below in the favela: The work of Redes de Desenvolvimento da Maré in Rio de Janeiro

Fighting from below in the favela: The work of Redes de Desenvolvimento da Maré in Rio de Janeiro

The resourcefulness and resilience that characterise homegrown movements in Brazilian favelas are increasingly documented and acknowledged. In this post, Zaneta Denny contributes to this discussion by presenting the initiatives of Redes de Desenvolvimento da Maré, a favela-based NGO. Despite the organisation’s manifold achievements, coupled with Brazil’s economic growth, there is still a lot to be done to increase the […]

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    Forced displacements in Cambodia: Creative re-appropriation practices versus current models of urban development

Forced displacements in Cambodia: Creative re-appropriation practices versus current models of urban development

Forced evictions are commonplace in the developing world, mainly due to the need to repurpose land for allegedly higher order enterprises. In this post, Camillo Boano and Giorgio Talocci discuss their research with two relocation sites that originated from the same eviction in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. By looking at these cases, they show how newly-formed settlements can follow diametrically […]