23.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

UNESCO launches in Rio the book “Underground Sociabilities: identity, culture and resistance in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas”

The work studied by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) deals with alternative forms of life capable of breaking the barriers of exclusion and marginalization found in socially vulnerable communities. The launching event takes place in Rio de Janeiro during the Conference Urban Age: Urban Transformations, which discusses a global investigation on the future of the cities.

The launching of the book Underground Sociabilities: identity, culture and resistance in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas takes place in in Rio, this Thursday, 24 October, at Palácio do Itamaraty (Av. Marechal Floriano, n. 196, Centro), at 6 p.m., during the Urban Age: Urban Transformations Conference.

  • Live webcast: rio2013.lsecities.net  

The book is the result of a study conducted by the British institution, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), in partnership with UNESCO in Brazil, AfroReggae, CUFA, Itaú Cultural, and Itaú Social. It involved speakers from universities, social movements, the government and private initiatives. 

The study was the research project consisted of an investigation on the world of favelas by means of interviews with 204 people living in the communities of Cantagalo, Cidade de Deus, Madureira, and Vigário Geral carried out in 2012. It also involved a study about AfroReggae and CUFA organizations, with the analysis of 130 social development projects and interviews with their leaders, besides an evaluation with specialists, observers and partners of the two institutions in Rio de Janeiro, with a special emphasis on the police.

The study casts light on the so-called underground sociabilities in the favelas, the practices of a social life that is part of the day-to-day of Brazilian society, but remained invisible due to geographic, economic, symbolic, behavioral, and cultural barriers. The research found out that those underground sociabilities are characterized by a complex institutional arrangement, marked by family, drug traffic, absence of the State – with the police as its sole representative connected to drug traffic –, churches, and NGOs such as AfroReggae and CUFA.

  • Please, click here to find more details on the results found by the study.
  • Click here to download the book (PDF)

Launching of the book
Underground Sociabilities: identity, culture and resistance in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas
Date: 24 October (Thursday), at 6 p.m.
Conference Urban Age: Urban Transformations
Venue: Palácio do Itamaraty, Av. Marechal Floriano, no. 196, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Restrict to guests

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