The sound of the occupation: state pacification and sanitization of favela culture in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Monley, Seana
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
  • In preparation for the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, Police Pacification Units (UPP) are being installed in the favelas, or shantytowns, of Rio de Janeiro in order to end drug trafficker rule and to clean up the look and reputation of the city. After witnessing residents' dissatisfaction with the pacification project in the favela Rocinha, this paper addresses why favela community members are concerned about the loss of community trafficking groups. Traffickers provide services to communities, including security and funk dances--an essential part of favela community life and cultural memory. Funk's performance highlights the unique culture of the favela, rejecting the hierarchy of mainstream Brazilian society and promoting a local culture and system. State occupations have led to the shutdown of many trafficker provided social services and repression of funk culture.
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  • Price, Charles
  • Master of Arts
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