Urban and Landscape Perspectives

Labor in a Globalizing City

Economic Restructuring in São Paulo, Brazil

Authors: Buechler, Simone Judith

  • The book challenges several of the on-going theories and received notions about industrial restructuring, globalization and labor
  • Other similar books do not have a focus on the impact of economic globalization on labor
  • The book provides a unique, in-depth look at the city of São Paulo and its workers and inhabitants
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About this book

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.

 

About the authors

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 after finishing a faculty fellowship in Metropolitan Studies at New York University. Before, she worked with the United Nations Development Fund for Women and US President Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham Sutoro, setting up a coalition of micro-credit lenders. Since 1996 she has conducted extensive ethnographic and statistical research on the impact of economic globalization on low-income women in São Paulo. Her previous publications include chapters in The Global City Reader and Deciphering the Global and an article on Bolivian sweatshops in São Paulo in Latin American Perspectives. In addition, she has conducted research on the effect of the financial crisis on Brazilian immigrants in Newark, NJ and on declining levels of inequality in São Paulo.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Buechler, Simone Judith

    Pages 1-52

  • The Spectrum of Voices in the São Paulo Economy

    Buechler, Simone Judith

    Pages 53-73

  • Six Industrial Case Studies: Internal and External Flexibilization and Technological Change

    Buechler, Simone Judith

    Pages 75-117

  • The History, Politics, and Economies of Three Communities and Their Inhabitants

    Buechler, Simone Judith

    Pages 119-160

  • Outsourcing Production and Commerce: A Close Examination of Unregistered Salaried Workers, Sweatshop Workers, Homeworkers, and Ambulant Vendors for Firms

    Buechler, Simone Judith

    Pages 161-213

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-01661-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-01660-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 13, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-37528-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Labor in a Globalizing City
Book Subtitle
Economic Restructuring in São Paulo, Brazil
Authors
Series Title
Urban and Landscape Perspectives
Series Volume
16
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-01661-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-01661-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-01660-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37528-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 340
Number of Illustrations and Tables
32 illustrations in colour
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