Unsettling resettlements:Community, belonging and livelihood in Rio de Janeiro’s Minha Casa Minha Vida

Arrigoitia, Melissa Fernández (2017) Unsettling resettlements:Community, belonging and livelihood in Rio de Janeiro’s Minha Casa Minha Vida. In: Geographies of Forced Eviction. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 71-96. ISBN 9781137511263

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Abstract

This chapter argues that looking at forced evictions through the lens of housing resettlement or relocation can challenge the common-sense notion of temporal finality associated to enforced displacements—opening the latter up to a broader framework that recognises continuity across space and time. It focuses on the experiences of post-eviction state-led resettlements in 2 Minha Casa Minha Vida (MCMV) housing projects in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and attends to the relationship between those processes, community life and livelihoods—understood here not only as work, but also as the ability to sustain and flourish in life. In considering the everyday emotional, geographic, material and economic dimensions of post-eviction housing resettlements, as experienced by residents, these sites reveal enduring histories of urban insecurity and inequality that can, amongst other effects, reproduce and intensify gendered social structures.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 89537
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 09 Jan 2018 09:32
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2020 05:21
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/89537

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