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Disjunctive writing in the urban skinscape: bodies, borders, and the physiology of attention in a Rio de Janeiro favela

Brigstocke, Julian ORCID:, Malanquini, Lidiane, Froes, Maira, Cabral, Cristina and Baptista, Gabriela 2022. Disjunctive writing in the urban skinscape: bodies, borders, and the physiology of attention in a Rio de Janeiro favela. Sociological Review 70 (4) , pp. 810-831. 10.1177/00380261221106515

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This article offers a creative disjunctive feminist analysis of affective rhythms within a complexly bordered complex of favelas in Rio de Janeiro. It explores the gendered atmospheric constitution of authority in the favela’s violent border spaces, arguing that authority is partly embodied through a channelling of attention. Attention is conceptualised as involving not just conscious intentions, perceptions and emotions, but also non-conscious rhythms of autonomous affective self-regulation. The article is structured through a tripartite disjunctive form that expresses the bordering of city, body and experience. Drawing on qualitative interview data, quantitative electrodermal activity physiological data and creative writing, the article dwells with the materiality of words and the forms of affects to express material and physiological aspects of emotion and affect in journeys around the internal border-spaces of the city. Adapting the modernist tradition of ‘stream of consciousness’ writing, we style a ‘stream of attention’ form of writing that expresses multiple modes of embodied, conscious and preconscious attention.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Additional Information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1467-954X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 August 2022
Date of Acceptance: 29 June 2022
Last Modified: 02 May 2023 16:10

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