Rio de Janeiro
Urban Life through the Eyes of the City
Edited by Beatriz Jaguaribe
Routledge – 2014
Through artistic imaginaries, media productions, social practices and spatial mappings, this book offers an insightful and original contribution to the understanding of Rio de Janeiro, one of the most contested urban terrains in the world. Offering a rich diversity of examples extracted from lived experience, iconographic materials, narratives and ethnographic research, it provides innovative and compelling connections between theoretical questions and urban vignettes. Throughout the essays, the specificity of Rio de Janeiro is highlighted but it is framed in relation to theoretical questions that are relevant to major contemporary cities. The book underlines the dilemmas of a city that attempts to compete globally while confronting social inequality, increasing violence, the demise of the state, and novel forms of democratic agency. It retraces Rio de Janeiro’s modernist memories as the former political/cultural capital of Brazilian intelligentsia and national culture. It explores Rio as a city of popular culture, mestizo legacies, media productions, and cultural innovation.
Introduction: Disenchanted and Re-Enchanted Cities: Narratives, Images, Places 1. The Visible and the Invisibles: Photography and Social Imaginaries in Brazil, with Maurício Lissovsky 2. Modernist Ruins: National Narratives and Architectural Forms 3. Mestizo Memories: Eroticism and Haunting 4. The Shock of the Real and the Urban Experience 5. Favela Tours: The Tourist Gaze and the Representations of "Reality" 6. Tropical Babylon: Copacabana and the Poetics of Excess
Since 1994, Beatriz Jaguaribe has been a professor at the School of Communications of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and is currently Associate Professor at the graduate program. She is a member of CiberIdéias, a research group associated to the School of Communications. Her essays on urban culture, representations of the self in literature and photography, and her work on the new aesthetics of realism in the media and literature have been published in Public Culture, Space and Culture, Springerin, TodaVía, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies and several Brazilian journals. In 1999, she was awarded the RioArte fellowship given by the city of Rio de Janeiro for artistic projects. In 2000, she received a fellowship from ICAS (Center of Advanced Studies of New York University). In 2004, she was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for a joint project with Maurício Lissovsky entitled:"Under Modern Eyes: Public Photography and the Images of the Nation in Brazil (1935-1945)".