A Participatory Ethnography of Soundscapes in a Post-Industrial Context
Samuel Araújo, an expert in policy and culture, examines the challenges urban areas face in integrating their youth population in the formal job market. This cohort frequently doesn’t share the values of older generations that were forged under the supremacy of industrial work ethics. These young people often rage against older ideals of edifying musical heritages and identity markers, adopting instead genres like funk, rap and, graffiti. By separating from their heritage in defying established artistic and cultural canons, the poor are further isolated in a degraded social life. Based on both his academic experience with participatory action-research on the favela soundscapes of Rio de Janeiro and as a public sector cultural administrator, the author will explore these compelling issues, highlighting a number of new demands this social equation poses to both academics and policy makers.
Araújo coordinates the Ethnomusicology Laboratory at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and is a Tinker Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago for the Spring of 2014. He has published several articles and book chapters, besides editing three collective volumes, in Brazil and abroad on music, politics, cultural policy and violence, as well as on action-research projects in collaboration with organizations based in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.