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Title: Brick by brick : an ethnography of terror politics and media-oriented activism in Rio de Janeiro
Author: Gama Cardoso De Oliveira Costa, Antonia
ISNI:       0000 0005 0290 6583
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2021
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This thesis explores the process of eviction in Vila Autódromo, a small community located in an area of Rio de Janeiro going through real estate expansion under the guise of urban improvements in response to mega-events. It tells the story of a long struggle between the local government of Rio de Janeiro, backed by market-driven policies, and a group of media-oriented grass-roots activists supported by university researchers and other human rights advocates. It draws on a 12-month ethnographic study conducted on the final stage of the struggle, between January and December 2015, in which I worked as an activist anthropologist, using audiovisual material in both capacities. While exploring the various reasons behind people's decisions to either stay or leave Vila Autódromo, I elaborate on "pervasive terror" to account for the state's tactics to force people out of Vila Autódromo, using mechanisms of control and domination, even sometimes with the support of a few pro-eviction residents. I also explore the resistance strategies mobilised by residents and their collaborators, especially in their use of photographs, videos, and social media, arguing that the widespread use of digital technology is transforming the process and shape of the resistance against the state terror that targets the black poor population in Brazil.
Supervisor: Wade, Stephen ; De Souza Torresan, Angela Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: State Terror ; Community ; House ; Activism ; Resistance ; Eviction ; Media technologies