Contradiction and Resistance in the Production of Space in Downtown Sao Paulo: Urban Vision on the Collectors of Recyclable Materials

Friday, July 18, 2014: 4:18 PM
Room: 301
Oral Presentation
Marcia S. HIRATA , Laboratório de Habitação e Assentamentos Humanos - LabHab, Universidade de São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
In last decades, real estate production turned into a main capitalist way of reproduction under global financial dynamics. For urban space this means impoverishment of a city notion. For social mobilization that seeks for the reduction of social inequalities it leads to a perception of insignificance of small victories, even with a high level form of organization. In this way, the urban vision over society by philosopher Henri Lefebvre, not just makes clear the role of the urban for capitalism, but also gives us elements of reflection for social mobilization practices by an observation of urban social practices. That is what is shown by an urban vision on the case of resistance of recyclable materials collectors in downtown São Paulo.

(Abstract for Joint Sessin: RC02RC44/2)