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Socio-spatial fragmentation and Brazilian urbanization: scales, vectors, rhythms, forms and contents FragUrb

Grant number: 18/07701-8
Support type:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: November 01, 2018 - October 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography
Principal Investigator:Maria Encarnação Beltrão Sposito
Grantee:Maria Encarnação Beltrão Sposito
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Presidente Prudente. Presidente Prudente , SP, Brazil
Co-Principal Investigators:Eda Maria Góes ; Eliseu Savério Sposito ; Everaldo Santos Melazzo
Assoc. researchers:Antonio Henrique Bernardes ; Arthur Magon Whitacker ; Catherine Chatel ; Cleverson Alexsander Reolon ; Igor de França Catalão ; José Sobreiro Filho ; Luciano Antonio Furini ; Márcio José Catelan ; Maria Angélica de Oliveira Magrini ; Nécio Turra Neto ; Patricia Helena Milani ; Patrícia Maria de Jesus ; Sergio Moreno Redón ; Vitor Koiti Miyazaki ; Wagner Vinicius Amorim
Associated scholarship(s):19/05225-7 - Urban land market and housing production in the context of different socio-spatial formations, BP.PD
19/04385-0 - Differences, inequalities and urban everyday life: paradigms for reading and reflection on the spatial dimension of social processes, BP.PD
19/08318-6 - Support for the organization and registration of dialogue groups, BP.TT
+ associated scholarships 19/06433-2 - Patterns on location of economic activities in Brazilian middle cities: Ribeirão Preto, Presidente Prudente, Ituiutaba and Chapecó, BP.IC
19/07772-5 - Socio-spatial fragmentation and Brazilian urbanization : scales, vectors, rhythms, forms and contents (FragUrb), BP.IC
18/20124-0 - Socio-spatial fragmentation, an ongoing process: the case of Maringá (PR), BP.IC - associated scholarships


The socio-spatial differentiation in Brazilian cities has been deepening and it points out to a constitution of the process of socio-spatial fragmentation. Its origin is linked to the predominance of the neoliberal logic and subjections which precede the idea of the right to the city. This project aims to understand, in cities and urban levels, how fragmented socio-spatial logic changes the content of differentiation and inequalities, redefining the meanings of the right to the city. This central objective is unfolded in four analytical planes: i) it goes through the centre-peripheral socio-spatial logic to the fragmentary socio-spatial logic; ii) an interpretation of the socio-spatial fragmentation through the contemporary forms of differentiation and inequality, from practices associated to the urban daily life; iii) the unrolling of the fragmentary socio-spatial logic on public spaces /private spaces; iv) the role of the political institutions, the hegemonic economic agents and the non-hegemonic social subjects. To carry this research out we have chosen five empirical dimensions from which the process of socio-spatial fragmentation are going to be analysed, such as inhabiting, working, consuming, leisure and mobility. Cities of different socio-spatial formations are going to be studied: Chapecó/SC, Dourados/MS, Ituiutaba/MG, Marabá/PA, Maringá/PR, Mossoró/RN, Presidente Prudente/SP, Ribeirão Preto/SP and São Paulo/SP as well as small cities which will be identified in the course of the research. (AU)

Articles published in Agência FAPESP about the research grant
Medium-sized cities with significant inequality 
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