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Urban Resilience and Resistance in the Neoliberal City: The Cases of Comunidade Coliseu (Brazil—São Paulo) and Es.Col.A Da Fontinha (Portugal—Porto)

  • Dan Rodrigues Levy
  • Cláudia Barbosa Rodrigues
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Abstract

Levy and Rodriques’s research focuses on two cases: the Comunidade Coliseu, a São Paulo favela in the Vila Olímpia neighbourhood, and Es.Col.A Fontinha, a squat eviction process in an abandoned municipal school, occupied to create a self-managed collective space. According to them, part of a dominant urban governance whose goals include privatisation, globalised plans, flux creation, improvement in the cities’ attractiveness and urban marketing, these places and these people try to resist that course, almost heroically. By examining these cases, Levy and Rodrigues aim to highlight the local and unprivileged urban population’s ways of coping with the neoliberal hegemony and to understand how people shape the acts and discourses of their struggle, to achieve resistance in the neoliberal context.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dan Rodrigues Levy
    • 1
  • Cláudia Barbosa Rodrigues
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Politics, Economics and BusinessFederal University of Sao PauloSao PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Faculty of Economics/Centre for Social StudiesUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal

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