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Hard Times in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro
by Bryan McCann
Beginning in the late 1970s, activists from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro challenged the conditions—such as limited access to security, sanitation, public education, and formal employment—that separated favela residents from Rio's other citizens. The activists built a movement that helped to push the nation toward redemocratization. They joined with political allies in an ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 17th 2014 by Duke University Press Books
(first published January 1st 2013)
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As first got the book when it came out in 2014, but I didn't really get to reading it until last summer for a week when I read the first third and then I picked it up again in April. It reads as something of a civic tragedy as McCann weaves the tale of how reforms in Rio de Janeiro's favelas during the transition to democracy fell apart. The most heartbreaking chapters are the last two as he focuses in on how the favela associations buckled under the weight of drug traffickers and police ...more