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Sound-Politics in São Paulo$
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Leonardo Cardoso

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190660093

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190660093.001.0001

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The “Rowdy” Teenagers

The “Rowdy” Teenagers

6 The “Rowdy” Teenagers
Sound-Politics in São Paulo

Leonardo Cardoso

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, I focus on a youth group that since the mid-2000s has been reshuffling public spaces. The event examined here takes place in the city’s vast poor peripheries. The first part of the chapter locates music within sound-politics. I consider the spread of street parties known as “pancadões,” or “big thumps,” a term that alludes to the loudness. By following the pancadão controversy, I am interested in understanding the disposition of specific groups as they try to either maintain or eliminate this sound from the streets. In the final section, we are going to examine the actors deployed by groups interested in disarticulating the pancadão in the name of public security, good taste, family values, and quality of life.

Keywords:   Brazil, São Paulo, Latin America, funk carioca, funk ostentação, Brazilian popular music, law, noise, crime, citizenship

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