Discourses (About) Living in Territories at Risk of the Metropolitan Region of Recife


This study analyzes the discussions produced by users of the National System for Civil Protection and Defense by residents of Recife’s Metropolitan Region regarding survival in territories at risk. It is part of a set of projects which seek to understand socio-cultural phenomena where the matter of risk is involved and its implications for processes of how people interiorize emergencies and disasters in their respective contexts. A qualitative methodological approach was adopted. We used Foucault’s study on discourse and the English school of Discursive Psychology as epistemic-methodological frameworks. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the participation of 12 women and 3 men who were end-users of civil defense and beneficiaries of housing assistance. The generated discussions indicated a territory marked by a system of risk management which was deficient and very ineffective, as poverty and difficult access to basic public services are demands pertaining to people who live there. We also identified strategies for resistance which, even when they became fragile, sought to overcome the state’s lack of presence in these scenarios. Social issues constitute a central subject for the context analyzed, as they have a profound impact upon what is defined as risk and for the people who live in territories permeated by this risk.

Risk; Disasters; Territories; Subjectivation Processes

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