Dissonant voices in the Olympic city: an analysis of the actions of the Popular Committee of the World Cup and the Rio de Janeiro Olympics

Authors: LETICIA FREIRE*, UERJ
Topics: Urban Geography
Keywords: 2016 Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, collective mobilizations
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 6:20 PM
Room: Galerie 1, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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The 2016 Olympic Games preparation process generated major urban interventions in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the same time it created several conflicts and dissents catalyzing very different views about the consequences of its realization for the people of the host city. In this context, this work presents the results of an ethnographic research that aims to analyze the collective mobilizations prompted by the realization of the 2014 World Cup as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In particular, we seek to analyze the actions of the Popular Committee of the World Cup and the Rio’s Olympics Games, which mightily collaborated in the building a broad and democratic process of discussion about the true “legacy” of these mega-events. We will focus on two campaigns promoted by this social movement between 2012 and 2016,: the fight against the mass evictions and the the fight against the elitism of football and the privatization of the management of the famous Maracanã stadium. Articulating the local and global plans, the analysis developed from the case of Rio de Janeiro seeks to understand the role of resistance movements in transforming social problems into "public problems", calling for new ways of facing and managing urban conflicts.

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