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Migrants of Haitian origin in the Guaianases neighborhood: labor mobility and the territorialization of contemporary migration in São Paulo

Grant number: 20/06119-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography - Human Geography
Principal Investigator:Amelia Luisa Damiani
Grantee:Thauany Vernacci Brewer Pereira Freire
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):23/05169-5 - Haitian mobility and territorial dynamics: hypermobility and immobility within racial capitalism, BE.EP.DR


This project aims to investigate the social processes between which it has been produced, from 2014 to 2020, in a migrant territory of Haitian origin in the neighborhood of Guaianases, in the East Zone of the municipality of São Paulo. Its purpose is to identify the distinct characteristics of the territorial movement for the reproduction of workers / as immigrants of Haitian origin in the metropolitan context of São Paulo, based on research on how these workers fix housing in the neighborhood and produce the same particular uses of time and space (SEABRA, 2004), which denies and shows some perspectives of their needs for insertion into the urban life of the destination society. In order to investigate and problematize the way the production process of Haitian migrant territories in Guaianases happens, starting the research from the hypothesis that, in the scenario of everyday life, a Haitian experience in Guaianases can signal contradictory agencements of their re-territorialization processes (HAESBAERT, 2004b; 2008) in the urban reception society. The objective of our research is, therefore, to reveal the territorial measure of the new migratory flows in Brazil to articulate to the recent transformations in the "labor mobility" (GAUDEMAR, 1977) and in the "territorialization of capital" (ALFREDO, 2005; TOLEDO, 2008 ), then moved to the reproduction of contemporary capitalism.

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