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Investigating urban elites through fear and security in Porto Alegre

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Taking from the results of the ongoing EU funded research “Reducing Boundaries” (2014–2017), the paper contributes to the understanding of the ‘urban geographies of elite reproduction” through the lens of the emerging “culture of fear” as a fundamental contemporary societal paradigm. Today, urban elites behaviours, lifestyles, discourses and their spatial organisation are in fact increasingly driven by real or perceived urban insecurity, with direct consequences on the built form and socio-spatial organisation of their cities. As a consequence, understanding the building types and urban patterns those groups are direct or indirectly proposing and their impact on society, searching for an effective methodology to conduct such investigations is at the core of the the research discussed here. The paper will examine the paradigmatic case of Porto Alegre showing urban elites’ defensive practices and interpreting their impact on the urban realm.
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Keywords: Urban elites; fear; security; urban anthropology; urbanism

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 28, 2019

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