Home, Sweet Home: Negotiating Intimacy in Brazilian Elitist Closed Condominiums

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Rafael Ignacio Estrada Mejia
Carla Guerrón Montero

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This article aims to decrease the cultural invisibility of the wealthy by exploring the Brazilian emergent elites and their preferred living arrangement: elitist closed condominiums (BECCs) from a micropolitical perspective.  We answer the question: What is the relationship between intimacy and subjectivity that is produced in the collective mode of existence of BECCs? To do so, we trace the history of the elite home, from the master’s house (casa grande) to contemporary closed condominiums. Following, we discuss the features of closed condominiums as spaces of segregation, fragmentation and social distinction, characterized by minimal public life and an internalized sociability. Finally, based on ethnographic research conducted in the mid-size city of Londrina (state of Paraná) between 2015 and 2017, we concentrate on four members of the emergent elite who live in BECCs, addressing their collective production of subjectivity. 

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Estrada Mejia, R., & Guerrón Montero, C. (2020). Home, Sweet Home: Negotiating Intimacy in Brazilian Elitist Closed Condominiums. Brasiliana: Journal for Brazilian Studies, 9(1), 374-395. https://doi.org/10.25160/bjbs.v9i1.115590
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