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In the Fall semester of 2014, I assigned ethnography projects to students in my two Music in World Cultures classes at Texas A&M University. Most students conducted participant observation in the College Station-Bryan region.The topic of the projects varied widely. Some students looked into the relations between ambient music and consumption at coffee shops and stores, others examined the importance of the Texas Aggie Band in performing institutional identity. Before conducting the ethnographies, students reviewed each others papers in a blind review system.
You can find information about each of the roughly 200 projects on this map [under construction]. Zoom out to see all the markers, and click on each to see the project title and description, and audiovisual material (if any).
All information will be uploaded in December 2014.
The “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.
In the last weeks street protests in Brazil have erupted not only in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, but also in small towns across the country.
What was initially a march against bus-fare increase in São Paulo became a much broader – multi- or non-partisan – protest against corruption and millionaire investments in soccer stadium infrastructure in preparation for the 2014 World Cup. Many Brazilians perceive this as exorbitant spending, a shocking contrast with lack of public security, deficient education and health system, and unreliable public transportation they have to face everyday.
Here is a collection of sounds from the protests. Please help me expand this audio collection!
Rio de Janeiro
June 18, 2013:
In the metro station, singing the national anthem (June 18, 2013):
Also in the metro station, same day:
News, commentary, reviews and discussion of Foucault and his works
A human history on BBC Radio 4
Exploring The Photographic Aesthetic
ObservaSP // Pelo direito à cidade na política urbana de São Paulo