GringoView: ‘Favela’ – Inside the Reality

A Social Scientist and Urban Studies specialist, Janice Perlman would ultimately live for months in three of Rio’s favelas and would author ‘The Myth of Marginality’, hailed as “one of the most important works in global urban studies in the last 30 years”.

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) The question that must have been asked over and over again in 1968 in Rio’s Catacumba favela; who was this attractive young gringo woman and what was she doing living here in the favela?

Working on her PHD from MIT, Janice Perlman (now Dr. Janice Perlman) had taken up residence with a host family in Catacumba. Her mission was to study how the lives of the migrants from the countryside to Rio had changed and not incidentally to study life in Rio’s favelas and the lives of the favelados.

A Social Scientist and . . .

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