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  • Are these teens really vandals, or do they just want to have fun?
  • Are these teens really vandals, or do they just want to have fun?
    Gangue dos Rolezinhos (2014) ©
Subculture

Rolling with Brazil's rolezinhos

Are the young Brazilians taking part in social phenomenon rolezinhos just trouble-making delinquents? We sent digital anthropologist Luana Kaderabek to explore this new social class.

Location Brazil

Scope
Over the last 10 years, Brazil’s economy has steadily improved, catapulting many from very low-income homes out of poverty and into the new middle class – the ‘C class’. Combined, the country’s middle classes represent 52% of its 200 million inhabitants, asserting a huge amount of power and influence on many aspects of Brazilian culture, from consumer habits to politics. [1]

A new phenomenon closely linked to this social transformation has been receiving worldwide media coverage. Organised via social media, ‘rolezinhos’, or ‘little outings’, bring together thousands of youths from this new C class to hang ...

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