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

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Vinícius Augusto Guerra Spira
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
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; Adrian Gurza Lavalle; Eduardo Álvarez Pedrosian
Advisor: Fernanda Arêas Peixoto

The Unified Educational Centers (Centros Educacionais Unificados, or CEUs) bring together a set of educational, cultural, sports and leisure facilities in one space, and therefore, constitute urban centralities in many of the most peripheral areas of São Paulo. In this study, the term embracing is used to refer to the intention of many public servants at the CEUs to provide benefits to the inhabitants of these areas, and to establish relationships based on dialogue and reciprocity with them. Embracing depends on the way daily interactions between users and employees take place, and how spaces, norms, laws and guidelines influence these interactions in general. The influence of these aspects on interactions was the object of an ethnographic study conducted between 2010 and 2014 among managers, librarians and users of the Butantã and Vila Rubi CEUs. We highlight here the proposal of a typology of influences, designated as extensive, intensive and separating contexts. The typology proposed goes beyond the assumption that embracing occurs exclusively in open spaces and via other ways to guarantee freedom of action and interaction. It is also worth mentioning that the study associates investigation with intervention, by including suggestions on courses of action for the public servants at the CEUs, and on the implementation and analysis of a reform of the Butantã CEUs library spaces. These recommendations are based on my training in both anthropology and architecture. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/15819-2 - Chalenges of "embracing" and spatial practices: the Unified Educational Centers (CEUs) of São Paulo
Grantee:Vinícius Augusto Guerra Spira
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Master