LITERACIES OF SURVIVAL IN DIGITAL NETWORKS: POSSIBLE DIRECTIONS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS STRUGGLES

2018-09-19T03:08:56Z (GMT) by Junot de Oliveira Maia

ABSTRACT This paper proposes an analytical course on how literacies of survival question, destabilize and, sometimes break the hegemony established by writings produced by powerful sectors of Brazilian society, such as the largest media corporations and the statements produced by them to criminalize favelas dwellers in Rio de Janeiro. In this sense, I lead the discussion to present the concept of literacies of survival to based on it reflect on how Mariluce Mariá and Cléber Santos, residents of Complexo do Alemão - a huge complex of favelas in Rio de Janeiro - involved in actions of citizen participation in the territory in which they live, use their digital networks to post statements capable of broadening their power of action in struggles aiming to human rights. Above all, I do it based on two specific events: on the interview granted by the couple in the course "Survival, survivals", from the postgradute program in Social Anthropology of the National Museum of Brazil in 2015, and on the hashtag #SOSComplexodoAlemão, whose planning Mariluce and Cléber participated of. Through those events, I mean to denote how favelas dwellers can use their digital networks to produce texts that counteract then hegemonic narratives that consider favelas an obstruction to the urban dynamics. My interpretations are based on the fieldwork I have undertaken in Complexo do Alemão since 2013, classified in prior reflections of mine as a border ethnography.