Mapping religious conflicts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Authors: Sonia GIACOMINI*, Pontifícia Universida Católica do Rio de Janeiro
Topics: Ethnicity and Race, Human Rights, Urban Geography
Keywords: Religious conflicts, Social Cartography; Ethnic discrimination
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Napoleon D2, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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Since 2009, I have been collecting data on diverse manifestations of religious intolerance in the city of Rio de Janeiro. In the 2012 AAG Annual Meeting I´ve presented a paper on the project Mapping Afro-Brazilian Religions in Rio de Janeiro, showing the geography of conflicts and attacks against the followers and sites of cult (terreiros). The 2010 Brazilian Census shed light on a new reality of the religious demography and geography which still is subject to study by demographers, geographers, sociologists and anthropologists. One conclusion is already established: the deep changes in the Brazilian religious reality is at the origin of the increasing of the tensions opposing the followers of different religions. Nevertheless, also it is well known that different religious groups are differently affected and engaged in the conflicts. The paper offers a contemporary perspective of religious conflicts between two important religious segments: Afro-Brazilian religions and neo-pentecostal denominations. The mapping of religious conflicts in Rio de Janeiro in the last five years gives the empirical basis to our approach.

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