Bodies at bay: the control over the circulation of black bodies and the production of the shore as the symbol of the “carioca” identity.

Caroline Gonçalves Coutinho Gomes, M.A in International Politics, Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
Body in the Social Sciences, Deviance and Social Control, Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations, Security and Defense, Tourism, Tourism, International, Work
Keywords - Tourism , (Public) security dispositif , Development-security nexus

Considering touristic zones as non-natural, but produced, this dissertation aims to understand the relationship between the official image of Rio de Janeiro in the (inter)national tourism circuit and the violence produced against black bodies in the urban area. I investigate how the carioca identity is produced by the constant control of the black body’s modes of circulation Also, the dissertation studies how the (in)formal work regime regulates the movement of black people in Rio. Based on that, I advocate how any movement of the black body outside of the (in)formal work regime is continually discouraged by the operation of the (public) security dispositif. The research thinks, specially, about the carioca beach as an instance which express the carioca life style and an iconic touristic zone. Moreover, the dissertation engages critically with the development-security nexus field of study in order to explore how the traditional narrative of the nexus can be read as a rationality operating in the modern (inter)national. Thus, the research examines the (re)production of the urban space by racial hierarchies in a post- colonial world since the study of the tourist Rio.