Social and cultural borders in Rio de Janeiro : the everyday life of community and mainstream photojournalists

Baroni, Alice (2013) Social and cultural borders in Rio de Janeiro : the everyday life of community and mainstream photojournalists. The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies, 10(3), pp. 53-61.

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This paper takes a multimethod approach which combines ethnographic techniques and discourse studies to investigate two contrasting professional groups: community photographers, who are favela dwellers who have developed photographic projects in Brazil‘s favelas, and photojournalists of the mainstream media. Its purpose is to determine how a cultural and social divide in the city of Rio de Janeiro shapes both community photographers and mainstream photojournalists’ practices, discourses, and identities. While community photographers strive to establish a humane and positive view about favelas and their residents by shifting the focus from poverty, shortages, violence, and criminality to images of the ordinary life, mainstream photojournalists express the view that their role is of primary importance for the defence of human rights in the favelas by helping to prevent, for instance, police abuses and violations. As the data analysis indicated the existence of socio-spatial borders all over Rio de Janeiro, this study adopted the idea of a divided city without denying interconnections between favelas and the city’s political life. Through the analysis of categories which emerged from the data, the complex world of documenting favela life is explored. The major themes touched upon are: the breakdown between the mainstream media and the favela communities; the different kinds of relationships which arise in Rio’s low income suburbs; and the gradual return of mainstream news workers to favelas.

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ID Code: 67488
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Social and Cultural Borders, Identities, Practices, Discourses, Favelas, Photography, Photojournalism, Media
ISSN: 2327-7882
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 (selection and editorial matter) Common Ground, copyright 2013 (individual paper), Alice Baroni
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Deposited On: 18 Feb 2014 22:18
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2014 10:58

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