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Jennifer Chisholm is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, USA and is studying for a PhD in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. She is also a Visiting Researcher at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Her research examines urban housing rights in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a B.A. in international studies from American University and a MPhil degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge.
What do you do if you’re living on public land, in a house that your great-grandparents built in an era before strict housing regulations, and the government suddenly decides to evict you? This dilemma afflicts several informal settlements known as favelas, along with other occupations of public land by traditional communities. With a political landscape increasingly intolerant of these...

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