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Following on from Episode 1 “Rio in Transition”, the second instalment in our three-part series on Brazil will take you to Rio de Janeiro’s morros, or hills, to explore just how two grassroots movements are shaking things up in the city’s favelas. 


LSE Review of Books in Brazil: Episode 2: Favela life: From drug gangs to drum beats

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Sandra Jovchelovitch, Director of the Social and Cultural Psychology Programme at the LSE, and researcher Jacqueline Priego-Hernandez, speak about their new book: Underground Sociabilities: Identity, culture and resistance in Rio’s favelasPaul Heritage, Professor of Drama and Performance at Queen Mary College in London, also talks about art in the city’s periphery at a circus school in central Rio.

Other guests include: Silvia Ramos,  Public Security expert in Rio and Celso Athayde, founder of CUFA (Central Unicas das Favelas) and more.

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Watch our audio slideshow “Art in Rio’s Periphery: A conversation with Paul Heritage”

Catch-up with the rest of the LSE Review of Books in Brazil series:

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 Episode 1: Rio in transition 

 Episode 3: Politics and Economics in Brazil – Coming soon!


Podcast: Presented by Amy Mollett. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. All contributors in order of appearance: Sandra Jovchelovitch, Jacqueline Priego-Hernandez, Silvia Ramos, Jailson de Souza e Silva, Celso Athayde, Cristal Moniz de Aragão, Angela Arruda, Pedrinho Guareschi, Paul Heritage. Translations by: Sierra Williams (Silvia Ramos), Simon Bastow (Jailson de Souza e Silva), Chris Gilson (Celso Athayde), Eduardo Feteira (Pedrinho Guareschi).  Music and sound came courtesy of: DJ Sunho from the album DJ Sunho in Brasil with special permission; The Prelinger Archives: Brazil: South American Medley (National Geographic, 1948); Banda AfroReggae for their songs:” Capa de Revista” and “Conflitos Urbanos”; CriadaFavela via Soundcloud for “Feito pra favela mast. gravação voz ProDbeats”; Groove Gravy Records for “Jazzilicious Sambossa” from their Brazil Remixed album (purchase on iTunes here) with special permission; Robinhood: A circus jump via; and Ergo Phizmiz “Music for an Underground Circus” via Free Music Archive. Crescer e Viver photos: © 2013 Catarina Heeckt. Published 2nd April 2014.


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