Brazil LAB affiliate scholar Federico Neiburg wins International Prize for Study on Inflation in Rio de Janeiro

March 19, 2024

Brazil LAB affiliate scholar Federico Neiburg (Museu Nacional-UFRJ) has been awarded the 2023 SAGE International Sociology Best Paper Prize for his paper “Misalignments: House Money and Inflationary Experiences” (co-authored with Eugênia Motta).

Motta and Neiburg’s study explores how residents of Complexo da Maré, a favela region in Rio de Janeiro, experienced and navigated price increase in food, energy, and other expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic, more specifically in 2021 and 2022.

This award is conferred by the editorial board of the leading journal International Sociology, published by the International Sociological Association, to recognize cutting-edge scholarly work that contributes to sociology worldwide. The editor’s note announcing the prize and congratulating the authors highlights the importance of their piece by emphasizing the importance of ethnography in policy debates:

“This sociological work creatively articulates solid empirical data –gathered through rigorous qualitative fieldwork— with the concept of alignment, which focuses on the daily activities through which people deal with the instability and frustrations imposed by inflation. On this base, the paper advances towards an ethnographical critique of the orthodox concept of inflation. This paper addresses a current issue that in different ways affects both the global south and north, contributing to the international scope promoted by the International Sociological Association.”

Published in November 2023, Motta and Neiburg’s paper is available here.