Self-organized initiatives: a planners’ subversive tool for fragmented urban spaces

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    Abstract

    This article investigates whether self-organized initiatives are able to undermine the underlying dynamics of spatial fragmentation in Brazilian metropolises by promoting social connections between groups that are extremely diverse. Since self-organized initiatives not only promote spatial connections but also social connections between different groups, the central question here is: To what extent can self-organized initiatives promote social connection in the public spaces of highly fragmented and unequal urban contexts? The analysis was based on data collected from 22 in-depth interviews with members of self-organized initiatives, experts as well as field observations during some actions of the initiatives. The interviews were conducted in Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo during two months of fieldwork. The results show that the self-organized initiatives studied were capable to mitigate conflicts and to create social connections. Nevertheless, it is still unclear how strong and long-lasting these social connections are.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages12
    JournalInternational Planning Studies
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

    Keywords

    • civic participation
    • fragmentation
    • planning in Brazil
    • Self-organization
    • self-organized initiatives

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