Underground Sociabilities: identity, culture and resistance in marginalised communities


The research has as main subject of analysis the experience of Grupo Cultural Afroreggae and Central Única das Favelas and their proved resistance to imposed negative identities. Both organisations engage with
communities at risk of drugs, gang culture and guns through the arts seeking to redefine sociabilities and identities. They target the cultural and artistic traditions present in these communities, pay attention to the local knowledge, behaviour and social assets they possess and work with self‐esteem recovering a sense of self‐worth and importance lost by easy killing and easy dying.
Afroreggae and CUFA are also contributing for the development of the research works, by supporting the “in loco” interviews. The research is not concluded yet, but the mapping of these experiences is showing to the Brazilian society the richness and uniqueness of them and, at the end of the study, UBO expects to understand how these experiences can inform other contexts and situations exposed to similar risks.

Niveau d’intervention géographique

  • Local
  • National


  • Promouvoir une connaissance mutuelle de la diversité culturelle, ethnique, linguistique, religieuse
  • Construire un cadre de valeurs communes
  • Renforcer l'éducation de qualité et le développement de compétences interculturelles
  • Favoriser le dialogue au service du développement durable

Principaux partenaires

the London School of Economics and Political Science – LSE, Fundação Itaú Social and Instituto Itaú Cultural (founded by Itau bank) and two important grassroots Brazilian NGOs, Grupo Cultural Afroreggae (Afroreggae) and Central Única da Favela (CUFA).

Nom de l’organisation / Entité responsable principale

UNESCO Brasilia office

01/01/2010 - 31/12/2010