¡SOLAS Presents! UNM Graduate Students: Sam Johnson and Julia Youngs Wednesday, September 24th, 4:00 @ the LAII
Join SOLAS at the Latin American & Iberian Institute for a ¡SOLAS Presents! lecture series event with presentations from UNM graduate students Sam Johnson and Julia Youngs.
(Dis)Ordering Space: Brazil's 'Garantia da Lei e Ordem" and the Rolezinho
Julia Youngs is a dual M.A. student in Latin American Studies and Community and Regional Planning at UNM.
In December of 2013 Brazil’s Ministry of Defense published a document entitled “Garantia da Lei e Ordem,” that serves as a manual for assuring public security by combatting social mobilization by groups considered to be “forças oponentes.” The Garantia permits limited use of force under special circumstances with the nebulous goal of maintaining social order. That same month at the Itaquera shopping mall in São Paulo nearly 6,000 young Brazilians organized the first rolezinho. The rolezinhos are a digitally mobilized social movement in which large groups of (generally) lower income teenagers occupy upscale commercial centers to socialize in these traditionally exclusionary spaces. News media has suggested a variety of reasons behind the rolezinhos including speculation about mass robbery, but the primary aim seems to be simply to reclaim increasingly segregated urban public (malls are not public) spaces. This work analyzes the concurrent publication of the “Garantia da Lei e Ordem” and the creation of the rolezinho to explore how they seek to redefine what public space is and who has the right to occupy it. This examination will show how the perception of insecurity derived from socio-economic segregation and the privatization of public space reinforced through acts like the Garantia perpetuate a system of social and racial inequality in Brazil, and as consequence individuals must seek alternative ways of reclaiming space as seen through the rolezinhos.
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