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Gregory Scruggs holds a B.A. in Literature from Harvard University, where his thesis on cultural aspects — including audio culture, namely funk carioca — of Rio’s favelas won the Kenneth Maxwell Thesis Prize in Brazilian Studies. He also has a certificate in urban planning and design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and was a 2011 Fulbright Brazil study/research grant recipient, focusing on urban planning and development. He A&Red “Pancadão do Morro: O Funk do Flamin Hotz, Já É?” (Flamin Hotz Records, 2008) and authored the blog Beat Diaspora from 2006-2009.

Alexandra Lippman is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of California Irvine, who works at the intersection of media, sound studies, legal anthropology, and Latin American studies. Funded in part by the National Science Foundation, she spent 13 months conducting fieldwork in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is writing her dissertation, Piracy, Peer-acy, and Payola: Music, Technology, and Remaking Intellectual Property in Brazil, which explores how globalizing alternative intellectual property practices impact creativity, media access, and music.

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5 responses to “From Funkification to Pacification”

  1. […] promising and future oriented innovations in worldwide pop and dance culture. Music genres such as baile funk, kuduro, tecno brega, funana or ku house are the music echoes of an increasing digitalisation and […]

  2. […] Also setzen die Friedenseinheiten Sperrstunden und Lautstärkebegrenzungen durch, brechen Partys ab, nehmen MCs fest, wandeln die eigentlich kostenlosen Bailes in kommerzielle Events mit Eintritten um oder bürokratisieren die Veranstaltungen, z.B. durch Berge von Formularen, Lizenzen oder offiziellen Anmeldungen der Bailes 20 Tage bevor sie stattfinden. Oder sie verhindern, dass die Bailes überhaupt starten, erzählt Haaksman: «Zum Beispiel lassen sie die Trucks, die die mobilen Soundsysteme in die Favela transportieren, einfach nicht durch die Checkpoints.» Bei diesen Eingriffen geht es nicht nur um das Durchsetzen von Gesetzen, sondern auch um eine symbolische Demonstration von Macht. Welche Auswirkungen die Pazifizierung auf den Baile Funk genau hat, beschreiben Gregory Scruggs und Alexandra Lippman in ihrem Norient-Artikel From Funkification to Pacification. […]

  3. […] Funk, die Pazifizierung und die WM article (in German) about Baile Funk and the favela pacification From Funcification to Pacification Article from Norient Academic Online Journal 5 Video Clips from Brazil – compiled by Stephan […]

  4. […] «From Funkification to Pacification» by Gregory Scruggs and Alexandra Lippman […]

  5. […] soundscapes. They specifically focus on funk carioca (also known as baile funk) in their article «From Funkification to Pacification: Re-Sounding Space For a New Rio de Janeiro». The final stop of this first volume is virtual: Portia Seddon explores a new form of Otherness […]

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