Enriching Ethnography in Marginalized Communities with Surrealist Techniques

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ANDREA JUDICE
Núcleo de Multimídia e Internet, University of Brasilia, Brazil
MARCELO JUDICE
Núcleo de Multimídia e Internet, University of Brasilia, Brazil
ILPO KOSKINEN
School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

This paper describes two projects, Vila Rosario and Vila Mimosa, two pieces of ethnographic research that aimed at improving public health in poor corners of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The research sought to improve public health in these two marginalized communities in Rio de Janeiro. The main objective of the paper is to explain how Surrealist techniques can be applied to enrich ethnographic fieldwork. The broader question of the paper is the tension between these imaginative techniques work with fieldwork, a tension that goes back to the disciplinary differences between design and the social sciences.

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