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Occupy as a lifeform: construction and dissolution of spaces and collective mobilizations in favelas and occupations in Vila Maria, São Paulo

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Vinícius Spira
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Doctoral Thesis
Press: São Paulo.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD)
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Examining board members:
Fernanda Arêas Peixoto; Teresa Pires do Rio Caldeira; Eduardo Cesar Leão Marques; Renato Sztutman
Advisor: Fernanda Arêas Peixoto

This ethnography deals with a set of favelas and occupations that since the 1970s has been developing and proliferating in Vila Maria (São Paulo). The idea of occupying as a lifeform refers not only to the social mobilizations for housing of the past and present, but also to the daily life that starts to develop in the occupied spaces, where human practices and interactions need to be understood together with the characteristics of the spaces, constructions and materialities. Amidst this range of aspects, I privilege the analysis of a series of dispositions, feelings, values and practices through which my interlocutors give meaning to existence, partially organize themselves, and conquer housing and other benefits, amidst the perception of permanent adversities and injustices, without nurturing expectations of change (whether in local living conditions or in relation to politics and society in general). Thus understood, the idea of occupy as a lifeform produces stories that do not fit into the tragic or heroic genres, composing a third type of narratives, relevant for thinking about the possibilities of political action in the anthropocene -- that is, in the midst of a contemporary reality increasingly marked by crises, setbacks, and uncertainties of all kinds. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 16/19720-1 - Architectonic imagination and social experience: project, construction and occupation of the Unified Educational Centers (CEUs)
Grantee:Vinícius Augusto Guerra Spira
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate