Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro

Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro

by Janice Perlman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199836833

ISBN-13: 9780199836833

Pub. Date: 09/01/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Janice Perlman wrote the first in-depth account of life in the favelas, a book hailed as one of the most important works in global urban studies in the last 30 years. Now, in Favela, Perlman carries that story forward to the present. Re-interviewing many longtime favela residents whom she had first met in 1969—as well as their children and

Overview

Janice Perlman wrote the first in-depth account of life in the favelas, a book hailed as one of the most important works in global urban studies in the last 30 years. Now, in Favela, Perlman carries that story forward to the present. Re-interviewing many longtime favela residents whom she had first met in 1969—as well as their children and grandchildren—Perlman offers the only long-term perspective available on the favelados as they struggle for a better life.

Perlman discovers that while educational levels have risen, democracy has replaced dictatorship, and material conditions have improved, many residents feel more marginalized than ever. The greatest change is the explosion of drug and arms trade and the high incidence of fatal violence that has resulted. Yet the greatest challenge of all is job creation—decent work for decent pay. If unemployment and under-paid employment are not addressed, she argues, all other efforts will fail to resolve the fundamental issues. Foreign Affairs praises Perlman for writing "with compassion, artistry, and intelligence, using stirring personal stories to illustrate larger points substantiated with statistical analysis."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199836833
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,131,932
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1: Deep Roots in Shallow Soil
2: Favela Chic, Favela Chique
3: Returning to Rio

Four Decades, Three Communities

4: Catacumba
5: Nova Brasilia
6: Duque de Caxias: 3 favelas, 5 loteamentos

7: The World Goes to the City
8: The Metamorphosis of Marginality
9: The Meanings of Mobility
10: Disillusionment with Democracy

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