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Brazil: Rio de Janeiro

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On the Web: Articles

On the Web: Specialized Sites

In the Library: Articles

Adamo, Sam. "Order & progress for some, death & disease for others: living conditions of non-Whites in Rio de Janeiro, 1890-1940," in R.H. Claxton (ed.) Investigating Natural Hazards in Latin American History (Atlanta: West Georgia College, 1986), pp. 17-30.

Bonilla, Frank. "Rio's favelas: rural slum within the city," in W. Mangin (ed.) Peasants in Cities (Boston: Heath, 1970), pp. 72-84.

Crocitti, John J. "Social policy as a guide to economic consciousness: vilas operárias in Rio de Janeiro, 1890-1914," Luso-Brazilian Review (win 97).

Diacon, Todd A. "Down & out in Rio de Janeiro: urban poor & elite rule in the Old Republic," Latin American Research Review 25,1 (1990):243-52. Review essay.

Green, James N. "Madame Satã (Satan): the Black 'queen' of Rio's bohemia," in P. Beattie (ed.) The Human Tradition in Modern Brazil (Wilmington DE: Scholarly Resources, 2004), pp. 267-86.

McCann, Bryan. "Geraldo Pereira: samba composer & grifter," in P. Beattie (ed.) The Human Tradition in Modern Brazil (Wilmington DE: Scholarly Resources, 2004), pp. 127-46.

Nichols, Glenn A. "Class & mass in pre-1964 Brazil: the case of Rio de Janeiro," Journal of Interamerican Studies & World Affairs 18,3 (8/76):323-56.

Pearse, Andrew. "Some characteristics of urbanization in the city of Rio de Janeiro," in P.M. Hauser (ed.) Urbanization in Latin America (NY, 1961), pp. 191-205. Good for inner life of favelas.

Perlman, Janice. "Rio's favelas & the myth of marginality," Politics & Society 5,2 (1975):131-60.

Pino, Julio Cesar. "Dark mirror of modernization: the favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the boom years, 1948-1960," Journal of Urban History 22 (1996):419-53.

__________. "Labor in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, 1940-1969," Latin American Perspectives 25 (3/98):18-40.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Carone, Edgard. O centro industrial do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro, 1978).

Carvalho, Jose Murilo de. Os bestializados: o Rio de Janeiro y a República que não foi (São Paulo, 1987).

Chalhoub, Sidney. Trabalho, lar e botequim. O cotidiano dos trabalhadores no Rio de Janeiro da belle epoque (São Paulo, 1986).

Cunha, Marilli Alves da. O novo Rio de Janeiro: geografia e realidade socio-económica (Rio de Janeiro, 1975).

Gay, Robert. Popular Organization & Democracy in Rio de Janeiro: A Tale of Two Favelas (Philadelphia: Temple, 1993).

__________. Lucia: Testimonies of a Brazilian Drug Dealer's Woman (Philadelphia: Temple, 2005).

Guillermoprieto, Alma. The Heart that Bleeds: Latin America Now (NY, 1994). Includes New Yorker pieces on Rio in 1991 & 1993.

__________. Samba (NY: Vintage, 1991).

Meade, Teresa. "Civilizing" Rio: Reform & Resistance in a Brazilian City, 1889-1930 (University Park: Pennsylvania State U., 1997).

Needell, Jeffrey D. A Tropical Belle Epoque: Elite Culture & Society in Turn-of-the-Century Rio de Janeiro (NY, 1987).

Perlman, Janice. The Myth of Marginality: Urban Poverty & Politics in Rio de Janeiro (Berkeley: U. of California, 1975).

Pino, Julio César. Family & Favela: The Reproduction of Poverty in Rio de Janeiro (Westport CT, 1997).

Santos, Abdias Jose dos. O biscateiro: depoimento de um trabalhador (Petrópolis, 1977). Life story of a Rio odd-job man.

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CD & Audio

Film & Video

"The Man of the Year (O homem do ano)" [2003], dir. José Enrique Fonseca, 113m.

"Benedita da Silva" [1991], dir. Eunice Gutman, 29m. From Cinema Guild. Profile of first Black woman ever elected Rio city councilperson & member of Brazilian parliament.

"Black Orpheus (Orfeu negro)" [1959], dir. Marcel Camus, 100m. In video stores. Favela life & Carnaval in 50s.

"Bus 174" [2003], dir. Jose Padilhe Felipe Lacerda, 120m. Documentary on Rio bus hijacking in 2000 & its consequences.

"Children of Rio" [1995], dir. Thierry Michel, 48m. From Filmakers' Library. Documentary of lives of Carioca street teenagers.

"The Children's War" [1991], dir. Sandra Werneck, 52m. From Cinema Guild. Brutal war of extermination against Brazil's 7,000,000 homeless children.

"City of God (Cidade de Deus)" [2002], dir. Katia Lund & Fernando Meirelles, 130m. In video stores. Brilliant, horrific feature on drugs, violence & police brutality among Rio's youthful poor.

"Margarette's Feast (A festa de Margarette)" [2002], dir. Renato Falcão, 80m. B&W surreal fantasy about unemployed man who finds an inexhaustable source of money.

"Profession: Child" [1994], dir. Sandra Werneck, 60m. From Cinema Guild. Shocking ILO documentary, focussing on experiences of four Rio children with exploitation of child labor.

"Stitching Our Future" [2003], dir. Barbara Sostaric, 24m. From Cinema Guild. Story of seamstresses' coop in Rio favela, designing & manufacturing women's clothing for sale.

"Voices from the Edge: The Favela Goes to the World Social Forum" [2003?], dir. Daniela Broitman & Fernando Salis, ?m.

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