Labor in a Globalizing City: Economic Restructuring in São Paulo, Brazil

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  • Categories: Business & Economics
  • Year: 2014
  • Edition: 1
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Language: english
  • Pages: 340
  • ISBN 10: 331901661X
  • ISBN 13: 9783319016610
  • Series: Urban and Landscape Perspectives 16
  • File: PDF, 4.43 MB

Labor in a Globalizing City
Economic Restructuring in São Paulo, Brazil.


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.  



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