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Culture Is Our Weapon: Making Music and Changing Lives in Rio de Janeiro

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Brazil is a conundrum; even as its culture enjoys an ever higher profile in the West, an undeclared, vicious and often ignored drug war is being fought on the streets of its cities' favelas (shanty towns). Culture is Our Weapon: AfroReggae in the Favelas of Rio is a unique and remarkable book. It tells the story of this war through the eyes of both the protagonists and tho ...more
Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2006)
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Malcolm
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I suspect that there are many different ways to read this book – as an study of the conditions for the emergence of a musical style, as an account of life in the favelas during the late 1990s and early 2000s, as an exploration of creation of criminality; for me, it is an excellent exploration of a social movement (and I admit, that is the approach I came to it with – social movement analysis).

Many of us in academia spend an awful lot of time getting our theoretical perspective right, sorting out
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Tuck
May 05, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i jsut stumbled upon sacramento book review. it seems pretty nice

http://sacramentobookreview.com/

i really liked patrick neate's noir novel set in london. this nonfiction about rio favelas, while interesting, was repetitive and not very informative as to WHAT affroreggae is. in the news though that govt is taking over the favelas to get ready for the Olympics. wtf?
Beverly
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
Read this sucker.
Dan
Jul 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting look into the favelas in Rio. I didn't know much about them before reading this, and the book made me want to change that.
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