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Struggling for new narratives in slums and peripheries: complex citizenships amid material and cultural activisms

Comelli, Thaisa Cristina; (2021) Struggling for new narratives in slums and peripheries: complex citizenships amid material and cultural activisms. Cadernos Metrópole , 23 (51) pp. 677-695. 10.1590/2236-9996.2021-5110.e. Green open access

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Abstract

This article aims to discuss and explore new activisms in slums, focusing on the history, culture, and identity of such territories. We argue that, unlike the traditional urban activism commonly addressed in the literature (which focuses on demands of a material nature), the new activisms seek to add to such struggles a dispute over the narrative about the territory. We explore these manifestations in the light of debates about the conceptual transition of citizenship and intersectional identities. More specifically, we question the existence of a supposed slum-dweller identity in which hegemonic discourses and narratives about the city can be reproduced or subverted and used in the construction of insurgent urban struggles and activisms. // O presente artigo tem como objetivo debater e explorar os novos ativismos em favelas, cujo foco se posiciona na história, na cultura e na identidade desses territórios. Argumentamos aqui que, diferentemente do tradicional ativismo urbano comumente abordado na literatura (focado em demandas de natureza material), os novos ativismos buscam adicionar, a essas lutas, uma disputa pela narrativa sobre o território. Exploramos essas manifestações à luz de debates sobre a transição conceitual da cidadania e sobre identidades interseccionais. Especialmente, questionamos a existência de uma suposta identidade de favelado na qual os discursos e narrativas hegemônicas sobre a cidade, ora podem ser reproduzidos, ora podem ser subvertidos e utilizados na construção de lutas e ativismos urbanos insurgentes.

Type: Article
Title: Struggling for new narratives in slums and peripheries: complex citizenships amid material and cultural activisms
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1590/2236-9996.2021-5110.e
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/2236-9996.2021-5110.e
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
Keywords: Slum; urban activism; insurgent citizenship; urban identities // Favela; ativismo urbano; cidadania insurgente; identidades urbanas
UCL classification: UCL
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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/10188974
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