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Reflections on the darkest day of a 15-year love affair with Brazil

October 29, 2018


This is Brazil’s darkest day since I first came to country as a 19 year old, over fifteen years ago. Ever since then I’ve held a special fondness and fascination for this immense, beautiful, complex country. I’m heartbroken to see it elect a man who I believe represents a huge backwards step for Brazilian society and […]

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Podcast: Interview with Jacobin Radio

October 25, 2018


Suzi Weismann talks to Matthew Aaron Richmond in São Paulo about the Oct 28 second round of Brazil’s general election. The ultra-right-wing Jair Bolsonaro of the Social Liberal party is ahead of the PT’s Fernando Haddad (as Lula sits in jail), and we get Matthew’s analysis of how Bolsonaro was able to gain a formidable base […]

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Bolsonaro’s Conservative Revolution

October 20, 2018


Jair Bolsonaro’s core support lies with wealthy Brazilians. But the far-right figure wouldn’t have gotten this far if he hadn’t also established a formidable base among the poor. I analyse Bolsonaro’s popular appeal, the contradictions in his new electoral coalition, and where the left’s rebuilding process should begin in this article for Jacobin.  

Understanding “Bolsonarismo popular”

October 7, 2018


On the eve of Brazil’s election around one third of the electorate is saying it will vote for a man who celebrates military dictatorship, advocates state terror and has said he will not accept electoral defeat. This rises to over 40% in the 2nd round. What’s going on? I believe that to understand Bolsonaro’s rise […]

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Academic article: Rio de Janeiro’s favela assemblage

January 29, 2018


Article published in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space Assemblage thinking offers a new conceptual toolkit for analysing the relationship between society and space. However, major questions remain regarding both its ontological propositions and how it might be applied to the analysis of specific socio-spatial objects. This article contributes to these debates by using […]