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We Were There: Rethinking Truth with Midiativistas in Rio de Janeiro

Fryer-Moreira, Raffaella; (2021) We Were There: Rethinking Truth with Midiativistas in Rio de Janeiro. The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology , 39 (1) pp. 18-36. 10.3167/cja.2021.390103. Green open access

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Abstract

The popular uprising in Brazil between 2013 and 2014 led to the emergence of midiativistas, media activists who produced audiovisual testimony from the front lines of protests. Their reports were grounded in their act of ‘being there’ and bearing witness, and the affective encounters that their position made possible. Their first-hand accounts were situated, partial, and deemed more convincing because they rejected the mainstream media's claims to ‘objective truth’ – as a view from everywhere that is simultaneously a view from nowhere (and no-one) – in favour of situated truth, witnessed directly, unsettling traditional divisions between representation and reality, and questioning the conditions (and relations) through which knowledge is produced. This ethnographic engagement with the knowledge practices of others, and the role of witnessing within them, reflects on anthropological knowledge practices more broadly, and how they may be conceived otherwise in light of empirical variants from our fields.

Type: Article
Title: We Were There: Rethinking Truth with Midiativistas in Rio de Janeiro
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3167/cja.2021.390103
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3167/cja.2021.390103
Language: English
Additional information: This article is available open access under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license as part of Berghahn Open Anthro.
Keywords: Knowledge; media activism; recursive anthropology; social movements; truth
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10182862
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