'Somos todos Vila Autódromo': activists supporting favela residents' housing struggle

Adam Talbot

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Abstract

Vila Autódromo was, when Rio de Janeiro was selected to host the 2016 Olympic Games, a favela community of around 600 families. Over the course of the preparations for the Games, the favela was decimated with evictions due to its location adjacent to the main Barra da Tijuca Olympic Park. Residents resisted these removals and were supported in their struggle by various activists, collectives and NGOs based in Rio and further afield. Through their campaign, residents secured a negotiated settlement with City Hall allowing a small number of residents to stay in newly built housing. This paper analyses the role
of these supporters in the community’s fight for permanence. This is drawn from twelve months of ethnography conducted in Rio de Janeiro in the year leading up to the Games. The particular focus is on RioOnWatch, a media project of the NGO Catalytic Communities, and The Popular Committee for the World Cup and Olympics, but also draws in other groups such as the Humanicidade collective and Amnesty International. These organisations and activists are involved in an ongoing discursive battle to secure the “right to the city” for the people who live there, as opposed to international tourists and businesses.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventNorth American Society for the Sociology of Sport Annual Conference: Publicly Engaged Sociology of Sport - Tampa, FL, United States
Duration: 3 Nov 20165 Nov 2016
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Conference

ConferenceNorth American Society for the Sociology of Sport Annual Conference
CountryUnited States
CityTampa, FL
Period3/11/165/11/16
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    Talbot, A. (2016). 'Somos todos Vila Autódromo': activists supporting favela residents' housing struggle. Abstract from North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Annual Conference, Tampa, FL, United States.