Governance From Within: Collective Action and Urban Citizenship in S√£o Paulo's Favelas

Fall 2016 Grant Recipient

Graduate Student

Patricia de Toledo Basile (Architecture) In the wake of mass urbanization and the subsequent urban inequality in the global city of S√£o Paulo, Brazil, people residing in self-produced informal settlements (favelas) have created forms of self-governance and collective action to transform their living conditions. Favela residents have developed different modes of social and political mobilization to improve their housing and environments independent of State interventions. Through ethnographic research methods, I investigate how grassroots collective action in S√£o Paulo's favelas produces space and place while spurring change in the status quo and generating new forms of urban citizenship.