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Favela Media Activism

Counterpublics for Human Rights in Brazil

By Leonardo Custódio

What explains the engagement of low-income young people in media initiatives for political mobilization and social change in everyday life? Favela Media Activism: Counterpublics for Human Rights in Brazil responds to this question using an in-depth ethnographic and interdisciplinary study about the trajectories in media activism among young residents of low-income and violence-ridden favelas in socially unequal Rio de Janeiro.

Leonardo Custódio provides multifaceted analyses of how favela youth engage in individual and collective media activist initiatives despite social class constraints and neoliberal imperatives in their everyday life. This book details processes experienced by young favela residents while becoming individuals who act to challenge and change patterns of discrimination, governmental neglect and drug-related violence.

It is an important resource for scholars interested in the nuances of political engagement among marginalized youth in today’s world of hyper-connectivity, information abundance, and the persistence of racial and social inequalities.

Leonardo Custodio is a Brazilian postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR), University of Tampere, Finland, an institutional member of IAMCR.

The above text is from the publisher's description of the book.

Title: Favela Media Activism: Counterpublics for Human Rights in Brazil
Author: Leonardo Custódio
Published: 2017
Pages: 236
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781498529990

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