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Record number 411751
Title From preamble to post-project frustrations: the shaping of a slum upgrading project in Recife, Brazil
Author(s) Koster, M.; Nuijten, M.C.M.
Source Antipode 44 (2012)1. - ISSN 0066-4812 - p. 175 - 196.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8330.2011.00894.x
Department(s) Rural Development Sociology
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) neoliberalism - land - settlements - city - plan
Abstract 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, eradicate slums and resettle the population.We focus on the project’s first area of intervention, Jacarezinho. We analyze how, from lead-up through implementation, the project gained shape and gradually became real. Participatory procedures were very important in shaping the project that for a long time did not materialize. We argue that the project manifested itself as a vehicle of modernity that evoked a dream of progress. The population, which never asked for the project, was attracted to this dream, but remained critical.We contend that, although the project partly delivered on its promises, for many slum dwellers it failed to entail a better life. We portray the project’s genealogy, the compromise between different aims, and an echelon of post-project frustrations
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