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Porous City: A Cultural History of Rio de Janeiro

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Porous City: A Cultural History of Rio de Janeiro

Bruno Carvalho

Despite its famous image as a divided city – of wealthy high-rises and the surrounding, poverty-stricken favelas – Rio de Janeiro’s culture has been shaped by porous boundaries and multi-ethnic encounters. This book offers a groundbreaking perspective on Rio de Janeiro that focuses on the Cidade Nova (New City), one of the most compelling spaces in the history of modern cities. Once known as both a ‘Little Africa’ and as a ‘Jewish Neighborhood,’ the New City was an important reference for prominent writers, artists, pioneering social scientists and foreign visitors. It played a crucial role in ... Read more


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