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Title:Irregular urbanization as a catalyst for radical social mobilization: The case of the housing movements of São Paulo PDF Logo
Authors:Earle, Lucy
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Working paper // World Institute for Development Economics Research 2011,15
Abstract:This study focuses on the city of São Paulo, Brazil and examines the ways in which irregular and illegal growth have influenced the collective action of social movements of the urban poor. The study describes how São Paulo grew as a socially segregated city during the twentieth century due to calculated neglect on the part of the municipal authorities. Highlighting the city's sociospatial inequality, degradation of the central districts and widespread irregularity, it illustrates how these factors have both negatively affected the urban poor and provided a catalyst for social mobilization.
Subjects:urbanization
urban poor
inequality
social movements
Brazil
JEL:O1
O2
P2
R1
ISBN:978-92-9230-378-5
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Working Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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