Favela as a Brazilian Heritage Site: The complexities and shifting realities from an ethnographic perspective

Ana Chagas Cavalcanti

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    Abstract

    Favelas are a world heritage site since 2012. This particular fact triggers a binary opposition in informal settlements study: from the materialist perspective to the idealist one. That includes neoliberal effects, such as commodification, and a romantic depiction of the favela. An ethnographic study scrutinizes Brazilian society and embeds narratives against the contradiction of informal settlements theory. Interviews with favela inhabitants, policy makers, actors, and planners show how different society actors of society comprise favelas in Brazil. The aim is to study the controversial implications of a heritage legacy in the context of favela everyday life.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationACHS 2016 - What does Heritage Change?
    Subtitle of host publicationThird Biennial Conference Association of Critical Heritage Studies
    Pages1-6
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2016
    Event ACHS 2016 - What does heritage change? - Canada, Montreal, Canada
    Duration: 3 Jun 20168 Jun 2016

    Conference

    Conference ACHS 2016 - What does heritage change?
    CountryCanada
    CityMontreal
    Period3/06/168/06/16

    Keywords

    • favelas
    • heritage
    • materialism
    • idealism

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