Instituto Fernand Braudel de Economia Mundial - Associado à FAAP

Ed. 39: Democratization of consumption

Democracy 5: Progress and aspirations in São Paulo's periphery

Author: Patricia Mota Guedes and Nilson Vieira Oliveira | Published in 2006

The Democratization of Consumption

This issue of Braudel Papers seeks to dispel myths about the periphery of Greater São Paulo. The personal stories and family survey findings presented here contrast with the popular images of poverty, violence and hopelessness, too often nurtured and propagated by people who rarely or never visit these neighborhoods. Stereotypes of the urban poor perpetuate paternalistic policies and palliative income transfer programs that fail to foster greater opportunities for income generation and development. New, better-focused public policies and investments are needed to make the most of residents' entrepreneurial spirit and their dynamic local distribution systems.


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