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Coexisting normative regimes, everyday life and conflict in a Brazilian favela

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Matthew RichmondORCiD



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This article contributes to debates about the everyday negotiation of difference, inequality and conflict in cities by developing the notion of ‘coexisting normative regimes’. Normative regimes are plausible parameters of action that are sedimented in subjectivities and reproduced in everyday routines. We argue that in many Brazilian favelas and other marginalised urban spaces, distinct and unassimilable normative regimes coexist in space, each providing distinct frameworks and guidelines for dealing with everyday situations. Based on extensive ethnographic research conducted in a favela in the city of Belo Horizonte, the article identifies the everyday ways in which normative regimes operate, how they link to broader urban inequalities, and the ways in which individuals and groups navigate between them and the various threats they pose.

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Author(s): Beraldo A, Richmond MA, Feltran G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie

Year: 2022

Pages: Epub ahead of print

Online publication date: 05/07/2022

Acceptance date: 13/06/2022

Date deposited: 11/11/2023

ISSN (print): 0040-747X

ISSN (electronic): 1467-9663

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd


DOI: 10.1111/tesg.12533


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Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico
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