City of God(desses): from a place of necessity to a space of politics Public Deposited

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  • Vaz, Priscilla
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography
  • Priscilla Vaz: City of God(desses)-from a Place of Necessity to a Space of Politics This dissertation focuses on the theory and praxis of Solidarity Economy (SE) in Brazil and incorporates an intersectional analysis of racialized economies, Black geographies, and diverse community economies led by women of color in majority Black favelas in Rio de Janeiro. The concept of Solidarity Economy in Brazil is diverse, but organizations and practitioners of SE generally use the term to describe various forms of non-capitalist, worker-driven and community-based ways of organizing economic activities according to the principles of autonomy, equality and sustainability. Specifically I employ collaborative research methods with community organizations of favela City of God to map and analyze the multi-faceted aspects of struggles against forced displacement and community organizing for the right to the favela within an anti-Black urban context. This work highlights the role of black women residents in City of God in planning and enacting community economies around a community childcare, a youth educational center and housing projects. I argue that such socio-spatial praxis represents contemporary forms of afro-feminist urban marronage in the face of anti-Black urban projects. I also examine the institutionalization of the Movement of Solidarity Economy shedding light on racialized power-knowledge and spatial inequalities hierarchies reproduced within the movement’s organizational practices. I draw on diverse economies, post-development, and urban geography studies, and I bring these bodies of literature into conversation with critical race debates in Brazil, Afro-pessimism debates, and decolonial pedagogical approaches.
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  • Smith, Sara
  • Hardt, Michael
  • Walsh, Catherine
  • Pickles, John
  • Cravey, Altha
  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2018

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