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Network weaving: an ethnography of residents, merchants and property owners in downtown São Paulo. Between discourses and practices of requalification

Grant number: 11/01936-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2011
Effective date (End): January 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Urban Anthropology
Principal Investigator:Heitor Frúgoli Junior
Grantee:Bianca Barbosa Chizzolini
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This project aims to study groups involved in discourses and practices of "urban requalification" in downtown São Paulo. To achieve this end, I propose the observation of the activities developed by some Ações Locais (subgroups belonging to the Associação Viva o Centro) and, from there, to follow other directions that may be provided by its members in order to establish a network of contacts and agents involved in these policies. The purpose of this research is to understand what values are conveyed, how heterogeneous or not these groups are, and to what extent, through their actions, they point out certain use of space they hope to find in the region. Another point to be investigated is the impact that this vision may have under recurring practices in the centre (as the presence of street vendors and homeless people), practices that were identified, both by bibliographically and initial field work, as unwanted by those associations. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
CHIZZOLINI, Bianca Barbosa. Network weaving: an ethnography of residents and merchants in downtown Sao Paulo between speeches and requalification practices. 2013. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas São Paulo.

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