From Harare to Rio de Janeiro: Kukiya-Favela organization of the excluded

J. Miguel Imas, Alia Weston

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    34 Citations (Scopus)


    This article, based on ethnographic research conducted with people in Brazil and Zimbabwe, reports organization/management experiences and narratives of poor and marginalized people of the south. South embodies the organizational struggle, survival skills and resilience of marginal and urban outcasts that inhabit inner cities, townships and slums. The article employs the notion of kukiya-favela organization, i.e. the organization of the excluded, to engage with them in order to: give voice to those who dwell at the margins of organization studies; make their narratives part of a subject that retains an elitist position; and re-address the Eurocentric management/organization discourse that imposes a legitimate justification for exploiting, excluding and labelling them as organization-less and urban outcasts of society. The article concludes that despite their marginality and exclusion they are able to construct local diverse meaningful (organizational) identities that can represent them with dignity in their struggle for justice and basic human rights. Finally, it reflects on the contribution this has for us, in organization studies, by opening new spaces for the study of organization[al] (lives) not from positions of ‘above’ or ‘against’ but ‘with’ (Gergen, 2003: 454).
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)205-227
    Number of pages23
    Issue number2
    Early online date7 Dec 2011
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


    • Favela
    • Kukiya-favela organization
    • kukiya-kiya
    • marginality
    • mbongi
    • postcolonialism
    • resistance
    • south
    • struggle
    • ubuntu

    Cite this