Postcards from Rio

Postcards from Rio

Favelas and the Contested Geographies of Citizenship

  • Author: Bezerra, Kátia da Costa
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • ISBN: 9780823276547
  • eISBN Pdf: 9780823276578
  • eISBN Epub: 9780823276561
  • Place of publication:  New York , United States
  • Year of publication: 2017
  • Year of digital publication: 2017
  • Month: June
  • Language: English

Through the analysis of a variety of favela-based visual cultural productions by young people and contemporary theorists, Postcards from Rio examines the complex relationship between citizenship and urban space in contemporary Rio de Janeiro.

By analyzing videos and photographs, Kátia da Costa Bezerra illustrates how citizens of favelas are reshaping their sense of belonging as subjects and as a legitimate part of the city. A groundbreaking study that examines more deeply the relationship between urban space, citizenship, and imagery originating in the favelas, Postcards from Rio sheds crucial light on how contemporary lenses are defining and mediating the meanings of space and citizenship as strategies of empowerment. The city emerges as a political space where multiplicities of perspectives are intertwined with demands for more inclusive forms of governance.

  • Cover
  • Postcards from Rio
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Introduction. Favelas: Challenging a Perverse Policy of Exclusion
  • 1. Photographs and Favelas: Toward a Process of Self-Discovery and Belonging
  • 2. Videos, Favelas, and Childhood: Reclaiming New Symbolic Geographies
  • 3. Favelas for Sale: Resisting the Easy Links between Democracy and Urban Restructuring Plans
  • 4. Monuments and Consumption: Defying Mechanisms of Social and Spatial Stratification
  • Conclusion. Competing Discourses: Capital, Spatial Imaginaries, and Citizenship
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Index


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