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Socio-spacial formation in the contemporary metropolis: the popular food sales circuit in São Luís and in New York

Grant number: 21/08011-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2022
Effective date (End): March 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography - Human Geography
Principal Investigator:Márcio Antonio Cataia
Grantee:Livia Cangiano Antipon
Supervisor: Ruth Gilmore
Host Institution: Instituto de Geociências (IG). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: City University of New York (CUNY), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:19/13511-0 - The circuits of the urban economy and the food situation of São Luís (MA): the dimension of the food market, BP.DR


The study of the political and economic dynamics in popular areas of food sales remains urgent and necessary, especially in metropolises, where food exchange and distribution activities are concentrated. Thus, both in São Luís (Brasil/MA) and in New York (EUA/NY), the population struggles with low wages and high costs of the basic needs for survival, which justifies the demand for a popular food sales circuit, where the prices of the meals are frequently cheaper. This important popular food sales circuit has been configured in these cities and can be analyzed under the methodological perspective of the two circuits of the urban economy: one upper and another lower. Our research aims to reflect about the lower urban economy circuit in the popular bars and restaurants, as well as at the street food vendors, which makes an important economic and alternative force dynamic for the poorer in the cities that produce and survive from this socially necessary market. (AU)

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