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The spatial dynamic of trade and consuption in small towns: the case of Ipeúna - SP - Brazil

Grant number: 13/27115-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2014
Effective date (End): December 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography
Principal Investigator:Silvia Aparecida Guarnieri Ortigoza
Grantee:Karlise Klafke
Host Institution: Instituto de Geociências e Ciências Exatas (IGCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil


The economic and spatial transformations driven by the current paradigm of flexible production resulted in the alteration of intra-urban and regional relations of small towns. Tied to this dynamic, it appears that commercial and consumer relations materialized in the urban space of the small towns also suffer changes from the formation of a consumer market. All these changes directly affect the relationship between the medium and small cities. Thus, the small towns socio-spatial reality presents opportunities for promotion or loss of centrality. Understanding this process requires a regional comparative approach between the roles played by small and medium cities. In this sense, the analysis of the spatial dynamics of trade and consumption in Ipeúna (SP) requires a thorough search, since the city has peculiar characteristics in the region where it operates. In this context, this research is mainly aimed to analyze the dynamics of Ipeúna connection while small city compared with medium city over retail in order to understand the relationships of dependence and/or complementarity.

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