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Coproducing urban space: Rethinking the formal/informal dichotomy
Providing an introduction to the special section ‘Close encounters: ethnographies of the coproduction of space by the urban poor’, this article sets out to argue that the image of ‘the informal’ asExpand
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Regimes of spatial ordering in Brazil: Neoliberalism, leftist populism and modernist aesthetics in slum upgrading in Recife
This paper shows how regimes of spatial ordering in Brazil are produced by the entangling of neoliberalism, leftist populism and modernist visions. The paper focuses on Prometropole, a slum upgradingExpand
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From Preamble to Post-project Frustrations: The Shaping of a Slum Upgrading Project in Recife, Brazil
This article presents an ethnography of the evolution of Prometr´ opole, a slum upgrading project in the Brazilian city of Recife. The project aims to improve the urban infrastructure, eradicateExpand
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Mediating and getting ‘burnt’ in the gap: Politics and brokerage in a Recife slum, Brazil
This article takes a fresh look at political brokerage as a complex, provisional and contested phenomenon. Although brokerage has received little recent attention, I show how it remains critical toExpand
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Citizenship agendas in and beyond the nation-state: (en)countering framings of the good citizen
This special issue analyzes the formulation, implementation, and contestation of citizenship agendas. We define citizenship agendas as normative framings of citizenship that prescribe what norms,Expand
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Play and work: An introduction to sport and organization
In recent decades, sport as a social practice has become relevant in many different fields: in health, economy, politics, education, work and leisure. The importance of sport transcends the confinesExpand
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An Ethnographic Perspective on Urban Planning in Brazil: Temporality, Diversity and Critical Urban Theory
  • M. Koster
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • International journal of urban and regional…
  • 6 May 2019
Abstract This article provides an ethnographic perspective on urban planning by presenting the creative practices of marginalized slum residents in Recife, Northeast Brazil, who are affected byExpand
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Planning for a world beyond COVID-19: Five pillars for post-neoliberal development
COVID-19 has shaken the world. Countless lives have been lost or devastated, and as of November 2020, the pandemic shows little sign of abatement. Emergency responses across the world have led toExpand
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Fear and Intimacy: Citizenship in a Recife Slum, Brazil
Abstract In Brazil, citizenship rights and the institutionalisation of citizen participation have advanced significantly under the democratic regime. However, many of the urban poor are stillExpand
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The Myth of Formality in the Global North: Informality‐as‐Innovation in Dutch Governance
  • R. Jaffe, M. Koster
  • Medicine, Sociology
  • International journal of urban and regional…
  • 29 January 2019
Abstract Why has urban informality in the global North received so little attention? We suggest that this neglect can be explained in part by the tendency of scholarship to reproduce the myth ofExpand
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