Studies in Brazil Resulted in Janice Perlman's Book, The Myth of Marginality: Urban Poverty and Politics in Rio de Janeiro

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For once complete year (1968-1969), Janice Perlman lived in the favelas (informal housing settlements of Rio de Janeiro in the beautiful country of Brazil. Her studies conducted research which resulted in the book The Myth of Marginality: Urban Poverty and Politics in Rio de Janeiro, published in 1976. The book extensively disagreed with the negative perspectives of the urban poor that were prevalent at the time. Her first book criticized the attitude accepted by the people against the urban poor for their alleged disability to integrate themselves into the city's job market. Moreover, a key argument was to identify the irony and absurdity behind blaming the victims for their own poverty. In 1999, thirty years later, Perlman decided to revisit Rio de Janeiro and began a new study with the previously used locations: the favela of Catacumba, which was destroyed in 1970, forcing its residents to relocated to multiple low income apartment complexes known as conjuntos; Nova Brasilia, which became part of the infamous Complexo do Alemao (a complex of many favelas); and lastly the municipality of Duque de Caxias which is located in region known as the Lowlands of the State of Rio (Baixada Fluminense). This newly acquired research served in the production of Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro. This book tells the stories of people that Perlman interviewed along with their children and grandchildren. She blends detailed personal testimonies with insightful

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