Launch of the Underground Sociabilities Final Report. London, 2 November 2012, LSE Shaw Library.
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3rd Dialogue Seminar of Underground Sociabilities: Rio de Janeiro, 30th November 2011

Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch is travelling to Brazil to present the draft of the final report of Underground Sociabilities to a seminar of the research partnership involving academics (UFRJ, FGV), sponsors (ITAÚ Bank), grassroots organisations Afroreggae and CUFA and UNESCO. The project is based on a participatory methodology that involves discussion about each of the research milestones and future steps by all partners.

Underground Sociabilities is an international inter-institutional collaboration researching trajectories of exclusion and social integration in Brazil. Based in Rio’s favelas, the project investigates the social and psychological routes open to underground sociabilities exposed to poverty, drug trafficking and social inequality. How local grassroots organisations Afroreggae and CUFA resist social exclusion and make an impact in the production of positive futures is one of its central questions. Brazil’s new social agenda and the wealth and diversity of its social capital make it a live laboratory for testing new experiences and identifying best practices; the partnership is working to establish the key indicators of the Brazilian experience with a view to inform other contexts of development.  

Professor Jovchelovitch, who directs the research, said “As we embark in the process of finalising the research and moving to dissemination, the seminar will have a crucial role in discussing the findings and envisaging languages of translation that can communicate with the wider public sphere and make an impact on public policy both in Brazil and internationally. Underground Sociabilities has mapped the routes of marginalised sociabilities as well as the ways in which these routes resist exclusion and produce alternative trajectories for individuals and communities. It has shown how these experiences are leading to new conversations and integration between social movements and the state in Brazil. And crucially it has found new evidence showing that psychosocial scaffoldings, traditionally seen by psychology as a provision of the nuclear family, are available from grassroots organisations and required for social development.      

dialogueSeminarsThis seminar follows two previous Dialogue Seminars that took place in Rio de Janeiro (November 2010) and London (LSE, March 2011). See blog

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