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.
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.