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Hybrid insurgent citizenship: intertwined pathways to urban equality in Rio de Janeiro

Comelli, Thaisa; (2022) Hybrid insurgent citizenship: intertwined pathways to urban equality in Rio de Janeiro. Environment & Urbanization , 34 (2) pp. 313-330. 10.1177/09562478221113496. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper contributes to critical and Southern urban studies by discussing how the notion of hybridity is useful to understand contemporary modes of politics rooted in equality pursuits and crafted by peripheral subjects. It analyses the birth, discourses and tactics of three grassroots groups in Rocinha, an immense peripheral settlement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to show how modern insurgent claims – based on material urban rights – are intertwined with other grammars of justice, such as the politics of intersectional difference, critical pedagogies, solidarity and care. These cases suggest that contemporary insurgency builds on rights-based citizenship claims to create unique pathways that somehow articulate the universality and relationality of justice. I suggest that hybrid insurgent citizenship operates like a braid in which different strategies are uniquely and interdependently linked over time. Whilst in Rocinha the central thread is insurgency, the same logics could apply to other context-situated political traditions.

Type: Article
Title: Hybrid insurgent citizenship: intertwined pathways to urban equality in Rio de Janeiro
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/09562478221113496
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/09562478221113496
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2022 International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Keywords: Brazil; epistemic justice; favelas; insurgent citizenship; peripheral urbanization; Rio de Janeiro; urban equality
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10188973
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