Through the analysis of the differentiation that exists between different poor areas of the city of Salvador, the paths that distinct social networks trace between different zones of the city, the importance of particular contexts and histories in shaping the capacity of slum dwellers to act collectively, and the emergence of new kinds of political and community actors, we suggest that a more holistic sociological analysis, based on a more ethnographic analisis of how people live, can offer both a better understanding of how and why distinct “peripheral urban situations” differ from each other and also offer a better basis for reformulating public policies, illuminating important spatial, social, political and symbolic changes in the meanings of “peripheral urban situations” in this metropolis.
|Published - 2010
- marginality; informality and inequality
- social networks
- community organization
- urban policy