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The alienation of the food and urbanization: an analysis of working class food practices in São Paulo

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José Raimundo Sousa Ribeiro Júnior
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Doctoral Thesis
Press: São Paulo.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD)
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Examining board members:
Amelia Luisa Damiani; Flavia Elaine da Silva Martins; Ana Cristina Arantes Nasser; Ariovaldo Umbelino de Oliveira; Odette Carvalho de Lima Seabra
Advisor: Amelia Luisa Damiani

This research aims to advance in the comprehension of the problems related to the way in which the working class realizes its food practices. Firstly we start make a critique of the food security concept and highlight how national and international policies based on it were not able to eradicate hunger. In order to overcome the understanding of food as an elementary or biological need we consider all the practices (produce, purchase, prepare and consume) related to food and highlight that because of the reproduction of capitalist social relations these practices are alienated. In the second part of this work we take into account the urbanization process to explicit how spatial segregation interferes in working class reproduction and consequently in the way it realizes the food practices. We have conducted interviews in two different neighbourhoods from São Paulo (Brás and Grajaú) in order to deep the analysis and understand better how the critical urbanization weigh over the food practices. In the last chapter, we try to interpret the difficulties and constraints that characterizes the food practices of our interviewees highlighting the way they deal with the lack of food and hunger. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/11538-9 - Food and proletarianization: a study on critical urbanization and everyday life in Brás and Grajaú districts (São Paulo)
Grantee:Jose Raimundo Sousa Ribeiro Junior
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate