Contested Visualities: Courage and Fear in the Portrayal of Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

  • Alice Baroni
Part of the Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research - A Palgrave and IAMCR Series book series (GTMCR)


Rio de Janeiro is well-known for its hypnotic beauty and vibrant cultural life, but also for the social, spatial and symbolic boundaries that separate the people living in favelas from the rest of the city. This chapter combines ethnographic fieldwork and text interpretation to explore how mainstream photojournalists and community photographers negotiate courage and fear to obtain a public voice that tells the complexity of life in Rio’s favelas. Echoing Heidegger, I suggest that to claim voice is to claim the realization/manifestation of one’s Being, which is still not fully addressed in Article 19 about the right to communicate. I thus argue that the production of contested visual representations of Rio’s favelas emergent from both mainstream and community sources is a significant contribution to the favela residents’ struggles for human rights.


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  • Alice Baroni
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  1. 1.University of PadovaPadova PDItaly

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