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The revanchist logic of mega-events: community displacement in Rio de Janeiro's West End

Silvestre, G; de Oliveira, NG; (2012) The revanchist logic of mega-events: community displacement in Rio de Janeiro's West End. Visual Studies , 27 (2) pp. 204-210. 10.1080/1472586X.2012.677506. Green open access

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Abstract

As the curtains are drawn in London's East End, Brazil and Rio de Janeiro will be under the international spotlight over the next four years. This paper focuses on the process of Olympic city-making in the West End of Rio de Janeiro, where the planning and construction of facilities and transport network have adversely affected low-income settlements. The planning of the Olympic Park has become the latest episode in a series of attempts to drive out one of the longest established poor settlements in the borough of Barra da Tijuca. Attention is given to the changing discourse justifying the relocation and the context in which residents have resisted eviction. In another case study, the paper considers the construction of Bus Rapid Transit corridors aimed to improve access to the area. In this instance, some communities were not able to avoid eviction, being relocated to the western edges of the city or financially compensated. Analysis of the eviction process is drawn from material collected by visiting the affected communities. The paper concludes by reflecting on the inexorability of Olympic city-making and entitlement to the emerging geographies.

Type: Article
Title: The revanchist logic of mega-events: community displacement in Rio de Janeiro's West End
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/1472586X.2012.677506
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1472586X.2012.677506
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Visual Studies on June 14 2012, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1472586X.2012.677506.
Keywords: Olympic Games; Rio 2016; Social Impacts, Community Displacement
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1465978
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