Labor in a Globalizing City

Economic Restructuring in São Paulo, Brazil

  • Simone Judith Buechler

Part of the Urban and Landscape Perspectives book series (URBANLAND, volume 16)

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The extraordinary stories of low-income women living in São Paulo, industrial case studies and the details of three squatter settlements, and communities in the periphery researched in Simone Buechler’s book, Labor in a Globalizing City, allow us to better understand the period of economic transformation in São Paulo from 1996 to 2003.  Buechler’s in-depth ethnographic research over a period of 17 years include interviews with a variety of social actors ranging from favela inhabitants to Wall Street bankers. Buechler examines the paradox of a globalizing city with highly developed financial, service, and industrial sectors, but at the same time a growing sector of microenterprises, degraded labor, considerable unemployment, unprecedented inequality, and precarious infrastructure in its low-income communities. The author argues that informalization and low-income women’s labor are an integral part of the global economy.  Other countries are continuing to use the same kind of neo-liberal economic model even though once again with the latest global financial crisis, it has proven to be detrimental to many workers.



Globalization Impact of Global Economic Restructuring Industrial mass production Unemployment Crisis Urban Labor Market

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  • Simone Judith Buechler
    • 1
  1. 1.Latin American and Latino StudiesUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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