From Harare to Rio de Janeiro: Kukiya-Favela organization of the excluded

J. Miguel Imas, Alia Weston

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    Abstract

    This article, based on ethnographic research conducted with people in Brazil and Zimbabwe, reports organization/management experiences and narratives of poor and marginalized people of the south. South embodies the organizational struggle, survival skills and resilience of marginal and urban outcasts that inhabit inner cities, townships and slums. The article employs the notion of kukiya-favela organization, i.e. the organization of the excluded, to engage with them in order to: give voice to those who dwell at the margins of organization studies; make their narratives part of a subject that retains an elitist position; and re-address the Eurocentric management/organization discourse that imposes a legitimate justification for exploiting, excluding and labelling them as organization-less and urban outcasts of society. The article concludes that despite their marginality and exclusion they are able to construct local diverse meaningful (organizational) identities that can represent them with dignity in their struggle for justice and basic human rights. Finally, it reflects on the contribution this has for us, in organization studies, by opening new spaces for the study of organization[al] (lives) not from positions of ‘above’ or ‘against’ but ‘with’ (Gergen, 2003: 454).
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages205-227
    Number of pages23
    JournalOrganization
    Volume19
    Issue number2
    Early online date7 Dec 2011
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

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    Labeling
    Dignity
    Marginality
    Justice
    Margin
    Exclusion
    Inner city
    Organizational identity
    Resilience
    Justification
    Zimbabwe
    Brazil
    Human rights
    Slums
    Discourse

    Keywords

    • Favela
    • Kukiya-favela organization
    • kukiya-kiya
    • marginality
    • mbongi
    • postcolonialism
    • resistance
    • south
    • struggle
    • ubuntu

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    Imas, J. Miguel ; Weston, Alia. / From Harare to Rio de Janeiro : Kukiya-Favela organization of the excluded. In: Organization. 2012 ; Vol. 19, No. 2. pp. 205-227.
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