Dynamics of differentiation and segregation have been decisive in the process of structuring the contemporary urban space. There was the addition of new elements in this process as disruptions in the urban fabric, new socio-spatial practices of consumption in the city and changes in quality and intensity of social relations among dwellers. The combination of these elements enabled change the quality and strengthen the spatial segregation and indicate the features of socio-spatial fragmentation in cities of metropolitan standards and to a lesser extent, in middle-size cities. A feature of sociospatial fragmentation refers to the fact that the distance between the differences began to consolidate, not only in the context of the living space, but also considering consumption spaces in the city. As a consequence, a greater level of separation and estrangement between the dwellers, especially considering proceedings of opposition/neutralization in the scope of living together and sharing of meanings between the self-segregated/differentiated spaces and segregated spaces, could strengthen the processes of maintaining the socio-spatial iniquities and lead to a devaluation of the city as a territorial unit resulting from a collective work. Based on these aspects, we propose to contribute to the study of socio-spatial fragmentation concept and their specific considerating three middle-size cities of Sao Paulo: Araçatuba, Sao Jose do Rio Preto and Sorocaba.
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