654.3 March of marijuana and images of city life

Saturday, August 4, 2012: 11:15 AM
Faculty of Economics, TBA
Josť Duarte BARBOSA JUNIOR , Anthropology, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil
This paper discusses the visual experience of Marcha da Maconha (Marijuana March) took place the first time in May 2011 on a circuit of the district of Ponta Negra, Natal / RN - Brazil. In the set of possible inferences from the event highlights the transformation of landscape as a space of resistance. The Marijuana March is an event that has interface with the Global Marijuana March and in Brazil, held annually organized by "collective" sites, at least 15 cities, most capital. In Brazil, the use of marijuana until recently was a crime subject to deprivation of liberty. The repeal of the previous law (6.368/1976) and its replacement by law 11.343/2006 become actions "acquire, store, storing, transporting or bring them [drugs] you to use" less offensive potential. However, the text of the law and the social imaginary marijuana remain unclear border in a fierce debate about drugs. The problem is implicated directly in the demand for social justice and international settings and experiences of democratization. The claims appear in the March "slogans" in the body performances and temporary transformation of the landscape. These three brands are the theme for the capture of images by curious, by the media, researchers and the marchers (armed with cameras, camcorders and cell phones). In the "slogans" and  performance there is a change in the landscape (urban) through "re-enchantment" of public space as aplace to discourse. The experience of the Marijuana March in the urban context, therefore, denotes the inseparable dimensions of political life / city life.