Living with Insecurity in a Brazilian Favela: Urban Violence and Daily Life (Paperback)R. Ben Penglase (author)
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Although the favela is often seen as a war zone, the residents are linked to each other through bonds of kinship and friendship. In addition, residents often take pride in homes and public spaces that they have built and used over generations. Penglase notes that despite poverty, their lives are not completely defined by illegal violence or deprivation. He argues that urban violence and a larger context of inequality create a social world that is deeply contradictory and ambivalent. The unpredictability and instability of daily experiences result in disagreements and tensions, but the residents also experience their neighborhood as a place of social intimacy. As a result, the social world of the neighborhood is both a place of danger and safety.
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 336 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
"Penglase's is the...standard anthropological account, focused primarily on residents' daily routines and infused with the same moral and ethical reflections about conducting ethnographic research in a context of violence."--Latin American Research Review
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