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Dr Angela De Souza Torresan - research

Research interests

I My main ethnographic and theoretical interest lies on processes of emergence, maintenance and revitalization of identities in situations of physical and cognitive movement, and cultural change. I am also interested in the use of film in ethnographic research, as a catalyst of social relationships and an instrument for the development of anthropological knowledge.
I have done research on middle-class Brazilian migration to London for my Masters degree and went on to study the post-colonial context of Brazilian migration to Lisbon for my doctoral research. I have explored the ways in which migrants reconfigured their ideas of home and belonging to a nation state through the new social relationships they developed in postcolonial migration.
My current research project focuses on the presence of foreigners in a pacified favela in Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal, and their role in an unrehearsed process of gentrification. The arrival of foreigners in the favelas located in Rio’s wealthy neighbourhoods is one of the most conspicuous and publicised corollary of a new securitisation policy, launched in anticipation to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic games. The changes that this new presence announces call our attention to an urban political economy that questions who has the right to the city. I am interested in contributing to an anthropology of homemaking and identity in social, economic and political contexts of inequitable access to globalising neoliberal cities.