The Politics of Strolling

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Abstract

The large gatherings of youths from impoverished urban peripheries in the shopping malls of São Paulo and Rio, known as rolezinhos (little strolls), in the first two months of 2014 and their disputed relation to the wave of political protests in Brazilian cities since June 2013 became the topic of heated debates among intellectuals and journalists in Brazil. Historical parallels ranging from nineteenth-century Paris to colonial Korea help situate the rolezinho phenomenon in a transnational history of urban strolling and to problematize its ambiguous politicality between ostentatious consumerism and revolutionary practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-52
Number of pages16
JournalLatin American Perspectives
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Brazil
  • Consumerism
  • Kon Wajirō
  • Rolezinho
  • Shopping malls
  • Strolling
  • Walter Benjamin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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