Mariana Fix, Pedro Fiori Arantes
In A Critical Introduction to Urban Studies in Brazil, Mariana Fix and Pedro Arantes present and interrogate key ideas and debates about urban studies in Brazil from its inception in the 1960s to the present. The authors discuss how Brazilian urban studies has related urban issues to the more general problems of uneven development in a postcolonial and imperialist context. They examine theoretical developments and their contribution to innovative and provocative conceptual categories of contemporary urban scholarship, some of which can stimulate North–South (or Centre–Periphery) debate on the challenges of global urbanization. The book draws on extensive primary and secondary research, including interviews with key figures influential in the development of urban studies as a field in Brazil.
Through their analysis, the authors point to contradictions and tensions in relation to European and North American urban theory, calling for the need to formulate new categories and hypotheses to better understand the unequal and extreme processes resulting from the expansion of capitalist relations across the globe. Throughout, the authors frame the content and arguments to ensure the book is suitable for readers who are unfamiliar with the Brazilian and Latin American context.
Mariana Fix is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Sao Paulo (USP - Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo) where she is a member of the Housing and Human Settlements Laboratory. She has been working with Right to the City organizations for several years.
Pedro Fiori Arantes is an Associate Professor in the Art History Department at the Federal University of São Paulo. He has a PhD in Architecture and a Masters in Urban Planning. He is the author of five books, the most recent of which is The Rent of Form: Architecture and Labor in the Digital Age (2019).