Rio’s Favelas From the Inside Out

The contrast of economic might with staggering poverty in cities like Rio de Janeiro seems to be capturing the world’s attention in a new way. Sure, voices that go beyond the “poverty-tour”-type depictions of life in megacities like Rio aren’t new, but it does seem like they’re being listened to by a wider audience.  Janice Perlman, author of Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro, is one of those voices. She’s making a stop at NYU-Wagner on Wednesday to discuss her most recent book and engage in a conversation about urban poverty, marginality, and her study of four generations of migrants and squatters in Rio’s slums. The event, from 2:00 – 3:30 on Wednesday, November 17  is free and open to the public, RSVP here.

If you’re a fan of Perlman’s work or these types of issues, you might also be interested in a feature that ran recently on Public Radio International – it takes an inside look into Rio’s favelas as well, examining both opportunities and barriers to businesses and entrepreneurship.

Amy Faust


One comment

  1. Thanks for the Public Radio International link. It seems that the mainstream media often only covers the drug trafficking that goes on in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. It’s nice to listen to a piece that acknowledges the opportunities that exist within the favela community as well.

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