Leveraging digital and physical spaces to ‘de-risk’ and access favela communities in Rio

Nicola Cade, Sally Everett, Mike Duignan

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Abstract

Building relationships of trust and mutual understanding between researcher(s), local stakeholder(s) and gatekeeper(s) is widely regarded as a critical factor in successful research (Denzin and Lincoln, 2005; Jobbins 2003). Methodological strategies and tactics are often based on contextual variability and accessing some communities presents a harder and riskier proposition than others. Here we propose an empirically-driven and holistic methodological approach for accessing high-risk communities whereby deprivation and criminality characterises everyday living. Following the ‘legacy’ of both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Rio 2016 Olympics, this paper charts a research journey by detailing how local perspectives were accessed at the heart of one urban favela in Rio: Morro dos Prazeres. The methodological framework is underpinned by leveraging social networks to aid the identification of key stakeholders required to access and bridge the void between researcher(s) and community. Furthermore, creative digital and physical access routes were also employed (including social messaging platforms such as ‘WhatsApp’) which helped build and maintain trust with highly respected community leaders before, during and after the research. We suggest that our proposed ‘Digi-cal model’ (reflecting the digital and physical nexus) approach is transferable to similar tourism projects that require sensitive approaches and complex stakeholder navigation in ‘high-risk’ community settings.
LanguageEnglish
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JournalTourism Geographies
Volume(In-Press)
StateAccepted/In press - 7 Jan 2019

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Keywords

  • Trust
  • Access
  • Gatekeepers
  • De-risking research
  • Host community
  • Social networks
  • Digital methodologies
  • Rio

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  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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Leveraging digital and physical spaces to ‘de-risk’ and access favela communities in Rio. / Cade, Nicola; Everett, Sally; Duignan, Mike.

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