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Middle cities, center and centrality and their implications on fragmentary sociospatial logic in different sociospatial formations

Grant number: 23/09422-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2023
Effective date (End): October 31, 2024
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography - Human Geography
Principal Investigator:Eliseu Savério Sposito
Grantee:Sara Rebello Tavares
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Presidente Prudente. Presidente Prudente , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:18/07701-8 - Socio-spatial fragmentation and Brazilian urbanization: scales, vectors, rhythms, forms and contents FragUrb, AP.TEM


Based on the specific objective 1 of the main project (analyzing the transition from the predominantly center-peripheral socio-spatial logic to the fragmented socio-spatial logic), the postdoctoral fellow should take into account the territorial scope and try to understand how the production of the city and differentiation in the urban, seeking to identify the social processes that lead to socio-spatial fragmentation through studies on movement in space, considering urban mobility and accessibility. The proposal, therefore, is to investigate the possibilities of changes in the passage from a central-peripheral logic to a socio-spatial logic in a network, whose structuring and articulation occur and result from interscalarity. Even if the socio-spatial fragmentation is the point of convergence of the investigation, it must be understood as a process that allows understanding the way in which the urban and cities are structured. The fragmentary paradigm will help to explain how the logic, dynamics and spatial practices are altered and their effects produce and reproduce the city in the sense of the occurrence of socio-spatial differentiations and inequalities. The differentiations that emerge in the study of the city can reduce the possibility of coming and going, both at the scale of the city and the urban network.With these premises, it will be necessary to analyze how and if polycentrality would be reinforced through the quality of the movement, expanding the number of centers and subcenters in cities, with regard to functionality and specialization. This scenario should take into account that, in the set of cities to be researched, there are different modes of organization and movement, with regard to the fragmentary paradigm. In operational terms, it will be necessary to verify how the city is produced by separations of different types and shades, feeding socio-spatial fragmentation and, consequently, socio-spatial differentiation and inequality in its dynamics of changing the contents of the right to the city. (AU)

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