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Housing Movements and the Politics of Worthiness in Sao Paulo

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Author(s):
Kopper, Moises [1] ; Richmond, Matthew A. [2]
Total Authors: 2
Affiliation:
[1] Univ Libre Bruxelles ULB, Brussels - Belgium
[2] London Sch Econ LSE, London - England
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: JOURNAL OF LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN ANTHROPOLOGY; MAR 2021.
Web of Science Citations: 0
Abstract

Based on research with current and former housing activists in Sao Paulo, this article identifies the concept of ``politics of worthiness{''} as central to the moral justification and technical legitimation of social movements. Attributions of worthiness have long upheld the relationship between institutionalized grassroots organizations and the state but are equally present in everyday life and social distinctions among Brazil's popular classes. By examining contrasting constructions of worthiness among both present-day housing movements and residents of areas that are the product of past mobilizations, the article contends that collective experiences of mobilization in dialogue with myriad external influences produce diverse and often ambivalent political subjectivities. The politics of worthiness sheds light on how these actors organize themselves, experience participation, and square universalist demands with the contingent solidarities and changing social, institutional, and political realities that they inhabit. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/14480-0 - Subjectivity, boundaries and social reproduction at the urban periphery
Grantee:Matthew Aaron Richmond
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 16/16265-1 - 'From the hill to the asphalt': the My House My Life Program and the faces of mobility in contemporary Brazil
Grantee:Moisés Kopper
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate