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Poison, bad hearts and vampires: the fear of contamination and the regulation of social relationships in a Rio de Janeiro favela

Lazoroska, Daniela LU (2020)
Abstract
This article analyzes instances of refusal to eat or drink due to the fear of poisoning and contamination amongst favela youth in Brazil. These particular occurrences of refusal shed light on refusal’s potency as a way of managing complex social entanglements and instrumental in asserting agency. Considering that interlocutors had come of age without many formal institutions present, they needed people. This artful skill had a flip side, for the proximity of people and the intensity of relationships could at times drain them and their emotional, social and economic resources. Discourses around poison, bad hearts and vampires thus emerge as aids towards the regulation of exchange involved in social relationships. Control, refusal and... (More)
This article analyzes instances of refusal to eat or drink due to the fear of poisoning and contamination amongst favela youth in Brazil. These particular occurrences of refusal shed light on refusal’s potency as a way of managing complex social entanglements and instrumental in asserting agency. Considering that interlocutors had come of age without many formal institutions present, they needed people. This artful skill had a flip side, for the proximity of people and the intensity of relationships could at times drain them and their emotional, social and economic resources. Discourses around poison, bad hearts and vampires thus emerge as aids towards the regulation of exchange involved in social relationships. Control, refusal and defiance are action, carving out space in the midst of entangled social relations, fears and unmet needs. (Less)
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food, eating, ethnography, danger, agency, favela, body
host publication
Food Identities at Home and on the Move: Explorations at the Intersection of Dwelling and Belonging
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Matta, Raul and
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Bloomsbury Academic
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English
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  abstract     = {This article analyzes instances of refusal to eat or drink due to the fear of poisoning and contamination amongst favela youth in Brazil. These particular occurrences of refusal shed light on refusal’s potency as a way of managing complex social entanglements and instrumental in asserting agency. Considering that interlocutors had come of age without many formal institutions present, they needed people. This artful skill had a flip side, for the proximity of people and the intensity of relationships could at times drain them and their emotional, social and economic resources. Discourses around poison, bad hearts and vampires thus emerge as aids towards the regulation of exchange involved in social relationships. Control, refusal and defiance are action, carving out space in the midst of entangled social relations, fears and unmet needs.},
  author       = {Lazoroska, Daniela},
  booktitle    = {Food Identities at Home and on the Move: Explorations at the Intersection of Dwelling and Belonging},
  editor       = {Matta, Raul },
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {Bloomsbury Academic},
  title        = {Poison, bad hearts and vampires: the fear of contamination and the regulation of social relationships in a Rio de Janeiro favela},
  year         = {2020},
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