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Urbanization and medium cities of Brazil and United Kingdom: fragmentation and socio-spatial inequality at multiple scales

Grant number: 19/22190-2
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2020
Effective date (End): July 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography - Human Geography
Principal researcher:Márcio José Catelan
Grantee:Márcio José Catelan
Host: Gabriel Silvestre de Campos Salles
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Presidente Prudente. Presidente Prudente , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Sheffield, England  
Associated research grant:18/07701-8 - Socio-spatial fragmentation and Brazilian urbanization: scales, vectors, rhythms, forms and contents FragUrb, AP.TEM


Through this research project we propose a study that will seek to articulate contents of the process of socio-spatial fragmentation in medium cities of two different socio-spatial formations, Brazil and England. The objective is to understand the relationship between socio-spatial fragmentation focusing on the dimensions of living, mobility and work in medium-sized cities of these two countries. We will seek to encompass a theoretical and conceptual content of everyday life in medium-sized cities articulated under these three dimensions, representative of the differentiation and socio-spatial inequality to be revealed in the specificities of these countries. We seek to establish in a comparative study how the production of the city resulted from multiple scales establishing a movement of continuities and discontinuities in the city and of them with the urban network, that is, the socio-spatial fragmentation as a process that manifests itself in cities whose structure and the role it plays are both multi and interscalar. A methodology of quantitative and qualitative character, whose methodological procedures range from the survey of a theoretical framework that allows to know and analyze the cities to be studied to field work with interviews, data and information survey, elaboration of maps that allow a understanding of socio-spatial fragmentation, adapting them to the analytical framework that we listed for this research: the analysis of the passage from a center-peripheral logic to a fragmentary logic in the context of extensive urbanization posed by Brenner (2018).

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