Deliberation and empowerment in Rio de Janeiro's favelas

Baroni, Alice (Maria) (2011) Deliberation and empowerment in Rio de Janeiro's favelas. In Pipek, Volkmar & Rohde, Markus (Eds.) International Reports on Socio-Informatics : Proceedings of the C and T 2011 Workshop on Government and Citizen Engagement, International Institute for Socio-Informatics (IISI), State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, pp. 249-257.

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In modern day Brazil, new media initiatives centred in local communities are attempting to change the face of mainstream ideas about favelas and their inhabitants. One of these initiatives is Viva Favela which is ideologically and physically supported by the NGO Viva Rio that is based in Rio de Janeiro. This non-government organisation runs projects that provide favela residents with skills to take, edit and print their own(photo)journalism contents that enable a community-based framing and documentation of favela life, personalities and issues. The NGO furthermore has developed a range of public venues for displaying these works of (photo)journalism, thus minimising the invisibility that favela dwellers feel in Brazilian political life. This paper takes a discursive and ethnographic approach to investigating how community media might contribute with the aims of empowering people and supporting deliberation within Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.

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ID Code: 49592
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Alice Baroni is a PhD student at the Queensland University of Technology, exploring (photo)
journalism, participatory content creation and community media photography in Brazils
favelas. She is part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
(CCI), and a Brazilian research group: Language, Narratives, and Cultural and Journalistic

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Keywords: Rio de Janeiro, Favelas, NGO Viva Rio, Community Media, Deliberation
ISSN: 1861-4280
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Deposited On: 10 Apr 2012 22:20
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2013 01:14

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