Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Niñez y Juventud
versão impressa ISSN 1692-715X
MAGNO, Lucas; DOULA, Sheila Maria e DE ALMEIDA PINTO, Neide Maria. "Everybody know us now": culture and identity of young rural in Minas Gerais (Brazil). Rev.latinoam.cienc.soc.niñez juv [online]. 2011, vol.9, n.1, pp. 305-319. ISSN 1692-715X.
The objective of this paper is to analyze the construction of identities among young people in a rural neighborhood in Viçosa (in Minas Gerais, a state in Brazil) from the social representation that they do with the musical percussion art project "Tambores do Buieié" (Drums of Buieié) and check how they (re) signify the culture as a response to the stigma that urban society has built in relation to that community. In this research it was used as methodology the non-participant observation and interviews with a structured script. The neighborhood of Buieié has a former slave's descendant population living in precarious conditions, what leads the townspeople to build an identity on them based on preconceived categories associated with the location, which turns out to settle a conflicting identity to the one the Buieié residents themselves elaborate about them. The cultural project stands as an alternative for young people to the (re)construction and valorization of territorial identity from alterity.
Palavras-chave : rural youth; social representation; identity; public policy.