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The Invention of the Favela

Licia do Prado Valladares


For the first time available in English, Licia do Prado Valladares’s classic anthropological study of Brazil’s vast, densely populated urban living environments reveals how the idea of the favela became an internationally established—and even attractive and exotic—representation of poverty. The study traces how the term “favela” emerged as an analytic category beginning in the mid-1960s, showing how it became the object of immense popular debate and sustained social science research. But the concept of the favela so favored by social scientists is not, Valladares argues, a straightforward refl ... More

Keywords: Favela, Poverty, Social Science, Urban Living Environments, Twenty-First century, Analytic Category

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469649986
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649986.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Licia do Prado Valladares, author
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill