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

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Oxford University Press, Jun 10, 2010 - Social Science - 448 pages
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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."
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
CHAPTER 1 Deep Roots in Shallow Soil
24
CHAPTER 2 The World Goes to the City
41
The Favela That Was
62
From Favela to Complexo
93
Favelas and Loteamentos
121
CHAPTER 6 Marginality from Myth to Reality
147
CHAPTER 7 Violence Fear and Loss
165
CHAPTER 10 Globalization and the Grassroots
246
CHAPTER 11 Reflections on Public Policy
264
CHAPTER 12 The Importance of Being Gente
316
APPENDIX 1 Research Methods and Challenges
341
APPENDIX 2 Analytical Framework for Assessing Success
355
Notes
361
References
385
Index
399

CHAPTER 8 Disillusion with Democracy
200
CHAPTER 9 The Mystery of Mobility
220

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About the author (2010)

Janice Perlman is President and Founder of the Mega-Cities Project. She is also the author of The Myth of Marginality: Urban Poverty and Politics in Rio de Janeiro, which won the C. Wright Mills Award.

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