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The govern of conflict in the production of the contemporary city: the case of São Paulo

Grant number: 13/26116-5
Support Opportunities:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: August 01, 2014 - July 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology - Urban Sociology
Principal Investigator:Vera da Silva Telles
Grantee:Vera da Silva Telles
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Pesquisadores principais:
Marcos César Alvarez
Associated researchers:Alessandra Teixeira ; Carolina Christoph Grillo ; Daniel Veloso Hirata ; Fábio Alves Araújo ; Fernando Afonso Salla ; Fernando Rabossi ; Gabriel de Santis Feltran ; Juliana Tonche ; Laurindo Dias Minhoto ; Leonardo Jose Ostronoff ; Luís Antônio Francisco de Souza ; Luiz Claudio Lourenço ; Marcelo da Silveira Campos ; Marina Mattar Soukef Nasser ; Palloma Valle Menezes ; Paulo Artur Malvasi ; Rodolfo Arruda Leite de Barros ; Taniele Cristina Rui
Associated grant(s):17/07187-0 - The Future Between Progress and Regression - 16th Annual Conference - International Social Theory Consortium, AR.EXT
16/12270-0 - The govern of conflict in the production of the contemporary city: transnational perspectives, AV.EXT
15/50427-6 - Inconspicuous globalizations: compared fields (Brazil-Maghreb) mondialisations discretes: terrains compares (Bresil-Maghreb), AP.R SPRINT
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16/18464-1 - Surveillance, control and technology: a study of the supermarket sector in São Paulo, BP.PD
15/20114-6 - The electronic monitoring of inmates in Brazil, BP.DR
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15/19686-5 - Street and Fire: Protests, insurgency and conflict management in Santiago, Chile., BP.DR
15/17649-5 - Public Defenders in the State of São Paulo: the emergence of a new actor in a field of conflicts and the meanings of judicial activism, BP.PD
15/20756-8 - Political cartography of urban conflicts and their territorialities: the Cracolandia case, BP.IC
15/20771-7 - Struggle for law: the Public Defender's Office in the Cracolândia case, BP.IC
15/09192-5 - Street trading in the city of São Paulo: globalization impact and urban conflicts, BP.PD
15/10161-7 - Crime and govern of conflict in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo in a comparative perspective, BP.PD
15/09959-4 - Struggling for law: role of the Public Defender’s office in streets and prisons, BP.PD
14/26812-4 - The prison, the city and the neoliberal government of urban security: three structural couplings, BE.PQ
15/05639-5 - The govern of conflict in the production of the contemporary city: the case of São Paulo, BP.IC - associated scholarships


Based on recent urban changes that have been occurring in the State of Sao Paulo (Capital and selected Municipalities), this research project aims at investigating the different links that might articulate the govern of urban spaces and populations, the emergence of security technologies and the creation of market opportunities. It intends also to elaborate a political cartography of the new configuration of conflicts that takes place in these urban spaces. The analysis will focus mainly on the trend towards the adoption of increasingly militarized strategies of governing urban spaces perceived and constructed as risk spaces. These strategies are closed related to the expansion of the social and penal control nets and the use of legal measures of exception. In order to comprehend the new dynamics that shapes this trend towards militarized urban strategies of govern, the work will research the main changes that take place in the informal and illegal sectors of the market, the patterns that informs the operations of urban interventions and the effects of the policy of mass incarceration in these urban spaces. Taking into account the previous patterns that have been shaping Brazilian social control practices toward the adoption of recurrent military strategies, this study will try to emphasize the contemporary face of these processes through the mapping of the connections between these historically rooted practices and the emergence of an urban militarism of a new kind. From this point of view, it seems important to highlight the challenges that these processes of reciprocal reinforcement between the old and the new - both local and global - might mean to the political reconfiguration of the urban landscape as well as to the resistances that they might trigger off.Keywords: cities; urban conflicts; illegalisms; security technologies; new military urbanism (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
RABOSSI, FERNANDO. Smuggling realities On numbers, borders, and performances. HAU-JOURNAL OF ETHNOGRAPHIC THEORY, v. 8, n. 1-2, p. 265-281, . (13/26116-5)

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