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SuSo - Illicit trade Lunch webinar: ‘Not so legal.’ Politics of poverty in Brazil

When:Th 17-02-2022 12:00 - 13:00
Where:Online

Sustainable Society and the Illicit Trade group are organizing a webinar entitled: 'The politics of poverty: Identity politics and electoral competition in Recife/Olinda, Brazil'.

Dr. Flávio Eiró will talk about the ways political candidates imagine and perform politics in Brazil.

To contribute to the understanding of Brazil’s recent rearrangement of political forces, this paper will discuss the ways political candidates imagine and perform politics in Recife and Olinda (Pernambuco). Interviewing and accompanying different politicians and their advisors during the 2018 and the 2020 elections, I look at politics “from the other side”.

The research analyses how these candidates and their staff navigate the new political scenario and interpret the ways the urban poor engage with politics, often employing “not-so-legal” but largely accepted practices of clientelism and vote-buying. I critically examine the tensions they experience in, on the one hand, attending to people’s direct needs and, on the other, the performance of what they consider a “truly noble politics”. Central to this conflict is the electoral competition for the legitimate use of identity politics and claims to racial belonging.

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Dr. Flavio Eiro
Dr. Flavio Eiro

Dr Flávio Eiró

Dr Flávio Eiró is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts (Minorities & Multilingualism), University of Groningen. He has conducted ethnographic research in Northeast Brazil since 2012, and has published on issues surrounding politics, anti-poverty policies, and policy implementation. In the Faculty of Arts, Flávio teaches and researches issues related to politics of diversity, minorities and race.

He was a Post-doctoral Researcher in the ERC-funded project ‘Participatory urban governance between democracy and clientelism’, at Radboud University Nijmegen. He was trained in sociology and sustainable development studies at the University of Brasília, and holds a PhD in Sociology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, France.