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Diffuse urbanization, public space and urban insecurity

Grant number: 06/56953-2
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: December 01, 2006 - March 31, 2009
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography - Human 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


The proposal of this research project to reflect upon one of the most central constituent elements of contemporary reality - the city - from Urban Geography and Social History. It is at the confluence between the guiding categories of time and space that the various subjects responsible for the production of urban space - explained through socio-spatial segregation, diffuse urbanization, and public-private space relations - are to emerge. The research project approach will be prioritized in the socio-spatial practices of different social subjects - those who live in closed and / or guarded spaces and those who live outside them - considering the multi-dimensional and multi-scale character that this analysis requires. Considering the tendency to analyze this problem in metropolitan spaces, we intend to concentrate on the medium-sized cities of the interior of São Paulo, which play intermediate and / or regional roles in urban network as a whole. (AU)

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