MEMÓRIA NÃO SE REMOVE - Heritage as a Political Strategy Against Forced Eviction




Favelas, Forced Eviction, Heritage, Museums, Stigma, Respectability Politics, Tourism


Using ethnographic methods, this paper discusses how residents of informal settlements called favelas use creative means to avoid forced eviction in Rio de Janeiro. Favela evictions are justified through a myriad of reasonings: that they harm the environment, breed crime and pollution, and that they are aesthetically unsightly. Proponents of favela removal also justify evictions through the belief that favelas are places without culture or history. Therefore, according to this logic, favelas do not need to be protected or spared from eviction. In response, residents of favelas under threat of eviction have attempted to subvert this narrative by rebranding themselves as heritage and tourism centres. Specifically, this paper explains how certain favela communities have created museums and have initiated tourism projects in order to prove that their communities have cultures and histories worth preserving. The paper also presents the argument that these rebranding activities based on heritage and tourism represent a politics of respectability.




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Chisholm, J. (2020). MEMÓRIA NÃO SE REMOVE - Heritage as a Political Strategy Against Forced Eviction. Periferia, 12(2), 57–87.