BRAZIL: Becoming Gente in Rio's Favela


After 30 years, researcher Janice Perlman returns to Rio’s favelas to see how things have changed for those who participated in her seminal 1968 study of urban poverty in Brazil.

Urban poverty reduction, particularly efforts to improve the livelihoods of slum dwellers, is one of the greatest challenges facing global policymakers. The United Nations Human Settlement Programme estimates that by 2030, an additional 2 billion individuals will live in the Global South, and the vast majority will reside in urban slum communities. Rio de Janeiro exemplifies this trend: it is both one of the world’s most luxurious cities and the site of hundreds of poor urban neighborhoods, known as favelas.

Wendy Muse Sinek
Publication date: 
January 11, 2011
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article