Brazilian Everyday-Life Stories (2014)

Esta é uma série de posts sobre coisas do cotidiano daqui de Magé (ou mesmo Rio) que são normais, mas muito diferentes sob um olhar de quem mora na Finlândia. Está em inglês. Talvez um dia eu traduza.

During the times I spend doing fieldwork in Rio, I have written side stories about everyday life peculiarities. My idea is to reflect on “normal things” that happen in the Brazil I used to live in.

Now I just arrived to Rio for the last fieldwork trip. So I decided to continue writing these notes. I have take these notes in 2012 and 2013 (they are here if you want to read them). This year’s notes are below.

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What a strike in Rio tells about us as people

(originally posted as a Facebook status update in 28/02/2014)

The other day, in a chat with a photojournalist about human rights violations in Rio, I argued that the problem in the city is not FIFA or IOC, but ourselves as people. This photo album I share illustrates the point I made in that talk.

I told her that I believe we Brazilians (not only the elites) do not often care about what happens inside favelas (our kinds of slums). That is why the evictions, the murders, the drug trade and the low living conditions have persisted for over a century since the first favela was built. As long as those problems do not affect us non-favela dwellers, we don’t care.

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The civic legacy of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

(Originally written in April 17, 2013)

Rio’s preparations for the 2016 Olympics have been marked by human rights violations. Unfortunately, the sacrifice of the poorer for the progress of a city historically ruled by the rich is not new. But now, organized citizens have increasingly reacted. The Olympics have created a promising set of civil society alliances that may be re-shaping citizens’ involvement in Rio’s local politics.

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The challenge of mobilizing the poor in Brazil

(originally written in July 30, 2013)

During the demonstrations in Brazil, many said the giant – the Brazilian people – finally woke up. While it is true that many young people, especially the well-off, have been more active as citizens for the past weeks than they were before, mobilizing lower-income populations remains a hard challenge. This challenge is very familiar to civil society actors from favelas (Brazilian kinds of slums) who have for years been engaged in civil society networks. A current example of the difficulty in mobilizing the poor is perceived in the struggle against the impacts of mega-events in favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

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