Margins of the Olympic Rio: housing management in the revitalization project of the Harbor Zone of Rio de Janeiro city

Margins of the Olympic Rio: housing management in the revitalization project of the Harbor Zone of Rio de Janeiro city

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Following the mobilization for housing of squatters evicted from the Harbor Zone of Rio de Janeiro, this work approaches the discourses and practices involved on the construction of the “Olympic City” representation during the “revitalization” project of the Centre. Those squats were seen as undeveloped and precarious, where people could “barely live”, and made targets of eviction with the beginning of the urban intervention project “Porto Maravilha” [Wonder Harbor] in 2009. Lead by a constructed narrative of the Harbor as an empty location where historical patrimony was being destroyed, the intervention claims to bring “life” and to “open the gates of the city to the world”.

The revitalization promoted a reorganization of the distribution of goods, populations, circulations, but also of the urban illegalism (Telles 2010), inciting certain practices and uses of the city while increasing repression and difficulties to others. Effects of “State” and “Market” present during the evictions are understood through the point of view of governmentality of populations (Foucault 1979; 2006) and of an anthropology of the “State”. The mega-events were expected to bring international investment to the city but it never landed, and results of the project are explored as “utilities of the failure” (Ferguson 2006).

Seen as places of scarcity and survival, the squats can also be understood as situational “margins” (Das and Poole 2004), where differential forms of political and economic practices take place. Those margins are taken not as exceptions to the “normal” operation of the State, but as ways of understanding how government and regulation practices actually work in the Global South. Doing so, the Olympic City project is thought from its margins, since what is represented as out of the order, out of legality and out of urbanity.

Corresponding Author

Ana Clara Chequetti

University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)

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Ana Clara Chequetti

University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)

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Preferred Track

1. Mega-events and mega-projects: trends and demands

Second Preferred Track

6. Urban policies

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