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Vibrant: Virtual Brazilian Anthropology

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KUSCHNIR, Karina. Drawing the city: a proposal for an ethnographic study in Rio de Janeiro. Vibrant, Virtual Braz. Anthr. [online]. 2011, vol.8, n.2, pp.609-642. ISSN 1809-4341.

Drawing the city is a proposal for an ethnographic research project in Rio de Janeiro. I begin by mapping the production of an international group calling themselves ‘urban sketchers,' whose collective project extols drawing as a form of looking, knowing and registering the experience of living in cities. Next I show the connections between art and anthropology, as well as their relation to cities and to Rio de Janeiro in particular. The sources and bibliography on the themes of the social history of art, drawing, visual anthropology and urban anthropology are also discussed. Setting out from the latter area, I present the possibilities for undertaking an ethnography that contributes to our comprehension of the graphic and symbolic narratives of urban life.

Keywords : drawing; art; city; urban anthropology; Rio de Janeiro.

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