What explains the engagement of low-income young people in media initiatives for political mobilization and social change in everyday life? Favela Media Activism: Counterpublics for Human Rights in Brazil responds to this question using an in-depth ethnographic and interdisciplinary study about the trajectories in media activism among young residents of low-income and violence-ridden favelas in socially unequal Rio de Janeiro. Leonardo Custodio provides multifaceted analyses of how favela youth engage in individual and collective media activist initiatives despite social class constraints and neoliberal imperatives in their everyday life. This book details processes experienced by young favela residents while becoming individuals who act to challenge and change patterns of discrimination, governmental neglect and drug-related violence. It is an important resource for scholars interested in the nuances of political engagement among marginalized youth in today's world of hyper-connectivity, information abundance, and the persistence of racial and social inequalities.
Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 236
Weight: 549 g
Dimensions: 236 x 161 x 24 mm
This book is a refreshingly original contribution to our understanding of communication for social change. It highlights the complex relationships between context and communication, theory and practice, the challenges faced by favela media activism informed by acute observations of structures, the nature of marginality, the exercise of dominance, and the power and creativity of counterpublics to create communication environments of their choice. -- Pradip Ninan Thomas, University of Queensland
Leonardo Custodio's Favela Media Activism is an in-depth study of media use, everyday life, and political agency. Custodio's research embraces the complexities of political action, exploring diverse individual personal histories, mainstream media, on-line and off-line media practices, and media pedagogies. His approach is laudable for the ways it emphasizes the multiplicity and complexity of social processes of change without fragmenting social reality into isolated segments. -- Clemencia Rodriguez, Temple University