Reclaiming Favelas: How Pacification Impacts Black Territories in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

João Costa Vargas (UT)
10/23/2013                        * in Rm. 345

What gives coherence to police pacifying operations preceding the 2013 Confederations Cup, the 2014 World Cup, and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro? How do narratives of security and development gain added meaning when explored through their linkages to narratives of modernization and blackness? Drawing on long-term ethnography and collaborative work with Black organizations in Brazil and the United States, this talk engages these questions by providing an analysis of the contested geographies in Rio.

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