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Postcards from RioFavelas and the Contested Geographies of Citizenship$
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Kátia da Costa Bezerra

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823276547

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823276547.001.0001

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Favelas

Favelas

Challenging a Perverse Policy of Exclusion

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(p.1) Introduction Favelas
Source:
Postcards from Rio
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Kátia da Costa Bezerra

Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823276547.003.0001

The introduction historicizes the evolution of favelas in the imaginary of the city. It illustrates how favelas, constructed as a site of Otherness and/or authenticity, have become more recently a consumable good. With the pacification process, favelas have become a seductive component of the city, attracting many interests, and a clear process of urban development is under way. The chapter describes how successive urban remodeling plans have resulted in the eviction of many residents—mostly low-income, black segments of the population. It defines favela-based cultural productions as counter-narratives that are implicated in the articulation of alternative identities and geographies. Finally, it conveys the methods used in the book and the general organization of the book.

Keywords:   counter-narratives, eviction, favelas, geographies, identities, otherness, racism, Rio de Janeiro

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