Oblique Lines

  • Raluca Soreanu
Part of the Studies in the Psychosocial book series (STIP)


The chapter traces, through a recomposition of ‘oblique lines’, two scenes in the Brazilian uprising where ‘Orphic socialities’ become discernible. The crowd is able to preserve something: itself or things that matter. In the first scene, by appealing to a kind of rhythmic hyperfaculty, someone is able to contain the movement of a crowd of tens of thousands, and their despair in re-living scenes of violence that transport them to the times of the military dictatorship. In the second scene, the crowd acts to protect a monument dedicated to the memory of Zumbi, a warrior of the Quilombo dos Palmares, decapitated in 1695.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raluca Soreanu
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  1. 1.Department of Psychosocial StudiesBirkbeck CollegeLondonUK

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