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What is a Favella? (Homework help)

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knowitall Thu 05-May-05 18:35:04

DD needs to find out what a favella is (something to do with Brazil?) Please help.

Marina Thu 05-May-05 18:36:40

Isn't it a slum? Shanty-town? I think it's favela with one L if you want to google it...

geogteach Thu 05-May-05 18:44:24

Thats right, how old is your DD? You could try the BBC website, they did a series of school programmes called Brazil 2000 which covered this. Otherwise the geography section on 'Staffordshire learning net' is fab and would probably have a link to something useful

knowitall Thu 05-May-05 18:46:11

ooh thanks

Davros Sat 07-May-05 18:04:16

Shanty town in Brazil.

Pruni Sat 07-May-05 19:08:57

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Cam Tue 10-May-05 14:55:42

They have grown up around Rio on the hills - people who come to the town from the country and can't afford proper housing live there.

Lua Tue 10-May-05 15:03:32

Sorry Pruni, I am from Rio, so thought for the record I would say... they are illegal settlements. Some of them haver grown to the size of cities and star to organize themselves. At the time of the elctions there is a lot of discussions about how much to legalize their "self-organized" instituttions, but surely not their own police! There are unfortunately inumerous fights between the "real" police and drug lords (whom usually buy favors from locals by patronizing favelas)which lead to a lot of bloodshed.

OldieMum Tue 10-May-05 15:13:42

I remember studying Latin American shanty towns 20 years ago, when a graduate student. One book which made a big impression was 'The Myth of Marginality', by Janice Perlman. She argued that favelas were far more organised and integrated into Brazilian society than many at that time realised. I did a google search on her and came up with a much more recent conference paper of hers which you might find useful. here

Cam Tue 10-May-05 15:38:06

I've seen them (from a distance) in Rio, but they're not places where tourists would go.

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