Labor in a Globalizing City: Economic Restructuring In Sao Paulo, Brazil by Simone Judith BuechlerLabor in a Globalizing City: Economic Restructuring In Sao Paulo, Brazil by Simone Judith Buechler

Labor in a Globalizing City: Economic Restructuring In Sao Paulo, Brazil

bySimone Judith Buechler

Hardcover | December 30, 2013

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The extraordinary stories of low-income women living in São Paulo, industrial case studies and the details of three squatter settlements, and communities in the periphery researched in Simone Buechler's book,Labor in a Globalizing City, allow us to better understand the period of economic transformation in São Paulo from 1996 to 2003. Buechler's in-depth ethnographic research over a period of 17 years include interviews with a variety of social actors ranging from favela inhabitants to Wall Street bankers. Buechler examines the paradox of a globalizing city with highly developed financial, service, and industrial sectors, but at the same time a growing sector of microenterprises, degraded labor, considerable unemployment, unprecedented inequality, and precarious infrastructure in its low-income communities. The author argues that informalization and low-income women's labor are an integral part of the global economy. Other countries are continuing to use the same kind of neo-liberal economic model even though once again with the latest global financial crisis, it has proven to be detrimental to many workers.

Simone Buechler, PhD is an assistant professor in Latin American and Latino Studies. She received a PhD from the Department of Urban Planning at Columbia University, where she studied under Saskia Sassen and Peter Marcuse. She was a post-doctoral fellow with the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University under Prof. Stiglitz af...
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Title:Labor in a Globalizing City: Economic Restructuring In Sao Paulo, BrazilFormat:HardcoverDimensions:340 pagesPublished:December 30, 2013Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319016601

ISBN - 13:9783319016603

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- The Spectrum of Voices in the São Paulo Economy.- Six Industrial Case Studies: Internal and External Flexibilization and Technological Change.- The History, Politics, and Economies of Three Communities and their Inhabitants.- Outsourcing Production and Commerce: A Close Examination of Unregistered Salaried Workers, Sweatshop Workers, Homeworkers and Ambulant Vendors for Firms.- The Increasingly Precarious Nature of Self-Employment.- "Destiny is not set in stone": Social Actors, Cooperatives, and Local Coalition-Building.- Conclusion.