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Chalenges of "embracing" and spatial practices: the Unified Educational Centers (CEUs) of São Paulo

Grant number: 12/15819-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2012
Effective date (End): February 28, 2014
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Urban Anthropology
Principal Investigator:Fernanda Arêas Peixoto
Grantee:Vinícius Augusto Guerra Spira
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This research is about the contradictions involved in the recent creation of public life in in two Centros Educacionais Unificados (CEUs, or Unified Educational Centers) located in São Paulo perypheral areas: CEU Butantã e CEU Vila Rubi. On the one hand, the CEUs offer in a single place many educational, cultural and leisure facilities, housing diverse publics, practices and opportunities, and playing major roles in the consolidation of democracy and citizenship in the city. On the other hand, relations of distrust and stigmatization and space control practices threaten the consolidation of public life in these places. My approach to this matter intends to relate the dimensions of physical and political spaces in the everyday cultural practices in the CEUs, through an ethnographic approach informed by spacial investigations and interventions (plans, images, virtual models, building of a small space intended to foster dialog and interchange), taking advantage of my dual degree in architecture and social sciences.

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SPIRA, Vinícius Augusto Guerra. Chalenges of embracing and spatial practices: the Unified Educational Centers (CEUs) of São Paulo. 2014. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD) São Paulo.

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