In Rio’s favelas lack of property rights can be lethal for young men
In favelas like Cantagalo, where people often lack formal documents to prove they own their ramshackle homes, young men are disproportionately impacted by violence, analysts said.
“There is no clear definition of who owns the land in Cantagalo,” said Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho, a lecturer at King’s College London specializing in Brazilian politics.
“A population with a sense of ownership of their homes has more direct communitarian ties,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “I believe this sense of ownership would reduce the vulnerability to criminality.”
Home to more than 20 percent of Rio’s residents, favelas first developed as squatter communities. As a result, many favela residents do not have formal title for their homes.
I actually think that the cause of this isn’t so much the lack of a private property legal culture in Rio and Brazil in as much as it is the lazy way that Mediterraneans and their diaspora and former colonies deal with measuring land.