Association for Political and Legal Anthropology
Oral Presentation Session
The immediate ethnographic context of my fieldwork was the growing numbers of violent deaths in the favelas and peripheries of Rio de Janeiro and the simultaneous installation of Police Pacifying Units (UPPs) as the city was preparing to host the World Cup, and other mega- sports events. While conducting fieldwork in 2011 and 2012, I collected first-hand narratives from women living in several favelas that were already occupied by UPPs to investigate how their motherhood was affected by violence, and to understand their strategies of resistance. From this experience, I advocate for an Outraged Anthropology; it is, an ethnography which recognizes emotions as expressions of a person or group of people’s position in a state of genocide. I wrote in shock, motivated by anger, and seeking justice. This paper presentation reflects on life after fieldwork and on the challenges of being loyal to my interactors, theories, to the mother’s epistemologies while navigating in the racist Brazilian academia and society.