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Subjectivity, boundaries and social reproduction at the urban periphery

Grant number: 15/14480-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2015
Effective date (End): November 21, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology - Urban Sociology
Principal Investigator:Adrian Gurza Lavalle
Grantee:Matthew Aaron Richmond
Host Institution: Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (CEBRAP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/07616-7 - CEM - Center for Metropolitan Studies, AP.CEPID


In recent decades the peripheries of São Paulo, like other major Brazilian cities, have exhibited seemingly contradictory social and political trends. On one hand incomes have risen, poverty has fallen, and the State has strengthened its presence in the provision of infrastructure and services. On the other hand, informal and illegal economic activity have grown alongside and become deeply intertwined with the formal economy, while practices of violence and social control by both State and non-State actors have also become entrenched. While changes in local institutional structures, social and economic conditions, and patterns of crime and violence in peripheral neighbourhoods over this period have been well documented, less attention has been given to the way these changes have influenced the formation of resident subjectivities. This research project will seek to explore this issue through ethnographic observation and interviews with residents and key informants in the working-class district of Sapopemba in the east of São Paulo. The research will be framed around two questions in particular: 1)What influence do key institutions (eg. agencies of the State, the media, NGOs, the family, religion, work, organised crime), both individually and in relation to one another, have over the practices, attitudes and long-term trajectories of residents in peripheral neighbourhoods?2)How do the uneven influence of these institutions, and the growing social diversity of peripheral neighbourhoods more generally, shape social relations among different residents?In addition to the Brazilian literature on sociability and social reproduction in peripheral neighbourhoods, the analysis will also draw on Bourdieusian, Gramscian and social identity theory perspectives in analysing subjectivity formation at São Paulo's urban periphery.

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Scientific publications (4)
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GARMANY, JEFF; RICHMOND, MATTHEW A.. Hygienisation, Gentrification, and Urban Displacement in Brazil. ANTIPODE, v. 52, n. 1, p. 124-144, . (15/50474-4, 15/14480-0)
RICHMOND, MATTHEW AARON. Narratives of Crisis in the Periphery of Sao Paulo: Place and Political Articulation during Brazil's Rightward Turn. JOURNAL OF LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES, v. 52, n. 2, p. 241-267, . (15/14480-0)
KOPPER, MOISES; RICHMOND, MATTHEW A.. Housing Movements and the Politics of Worthiness in Sao Paulo. JOURNAL OF LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN ANTHROPOLOGY, v. 26, n. 2, p. 276-296, . (15/14480-0, 16/16265-1)
KOPPER, MOISES; RICHMOND, MATTHEW A.. Housing Movements and the Politics of Worthiness in Sao Paulo. JOURNAL OF LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN ANTHROPOLOGY, . (16/16265-1, 15/14480-0)

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