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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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Videos, Favelas, and Childhood

Videos, Favelas, and Childhood

Reclaiming New Symbolic Geographies

(p.43) Chapter Two Videos, Favelas, and Childhood
Postcards from Rio

Kátia da Costa Bezerra

Fordham University Press

The chapter analyzes three videos: Picolé, pintinho e pipa (2006), Seja bem-vindo a nossa Tavares Bastos (2009), and Tempo de criança (2010). Produced by favela-based residents, these videos relocate childhood into the imaginary of the city in an attempt to challenge hegemonic modes of representing favela children. Constructed as the negative Other, male black favela youngsters are usually portrayed by the official media performing activities associated with begging, windshield washing, consuming and selling drugs, stealing or killing. The criminalization of black male youngsters from favelas has been instrumental in shaping and justifying far-reaching politics of exclusion, diverse forms of inequality. Said videos are thus perceived as acts of seeing that become exploratory strategies intrinsically intertwined with the production of alternative forms of identity and geographical representations. Therefore, this chapter serves as study of some of the strategies employed to propose alternative paradigms of childhood.

Keywords:   childhood, representation, inequality, racism, politics of exclusion, videos

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