sound-politics in São Paulo

Rolezinhos and Pancadões: Brazil’s Suburban Youth

RolezinhoElPaisThe “rolezinhos” are hangouts suburban teenagers across Brazil organize via Facebook. The meeting point is the Shopping Mall. These events have become extremely polemical, partly because shopping malls are elitist spaces — where the sign of suburban youth crowds can cause the fear of “mass robberies.” The Atlantic published an article about this social phenomenon. It includes an interview with me, where I point out the relation between the funk parties (“pancadões”) and the rolezinhos. Both are powerful examples of spatial mobility, group mobilization, and subcultural affiliation. They mark the racial, spatial, class, and taste apprehensiveness that surrounds the suburban youth in Brazil today.