• A note on the door: Symbolic erasure and representational resistance in Rio de Janeiro

Montuori, Bruna and Kaasa, Adam, 2023, Book Section, A note on the door: Symbolic erasure and representational resistance in Rio de Janeiro In: Karunaratne, Gihan, (ed.) Informal Settlements of the Global South. Architectural Borders and Territories . Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9781032043074

Abstract or Description:

The chapter draws on the complex realities of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to explore the various forms of representational resistance enacted by residents. These forms of resistance respond to over a century of representational and material violence enacted on what are often described as ‘informal’ urban development. Most recently, the authors turn to the last 20 years that saw the intersection of favela upgrade programmes and militarised securitisation policies that hold the aim to integrate and pacify these territories in the service of a neoliberal mega-event driven city. Tracing the roots of symbolic erasure to the colonial legacies of forced removal and urban cleansing, and to the social and spatial control of favelas in the 20th century, we introduce contemporary cases of organised groups in favelas who are exercising ways to assert citizenship and the right to sovereignty. These insurgent practices include peace marches, collective meetings, writing manifestos, co-designing plans and policy advocacy campaigns with the aim of interrupting the state’s continued necropolitical agenda.

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Subjects: Architecture > K400 Planning (Urban > K420 Urban and Rural Planning > K421 Urban Planning
Architecture > K400 Planning (Urban > K440 Urban studies
Other > Social studies > L300 Sociology > L370 Social Theory
Other > Social studies > L700 Human and Social Geography > L720 Human and Social Geography by topic > L722 Urban Geography
Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V100 History by period > V140 Modern History
Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V200 History by area > V230 American History > V233 South American History
Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V300 History by topic > V360 History of Architecture
School or Centre: School of Architecture
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003191407
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2023 16:02
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2023 16:02
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/5607
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