Pathways to Urban Citizenship for Low-Income Migrants in São Paulo

Amrith, Megha, (2015). Pathways to Urban Citizenship for Low-Income Migrants in São Paulo. Citizenship Studies, 2015(19 (6-7)), 649-663

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  • Sub-type Journal article
    Author Amrith, Megha
    Title Pathways to Urban Citizenship for Low-Income Migrants in São Paulo
    Appearing in Citizenship Studies
    Volume 2015
    Issue No. 19 (6-7)
    Publication Date 2015
    Place of Publication London
    Publisher Taylor and Francis
    Start page 649
    End page 663
    Language EN
    Abstract

    Recent waves of migrants are establishing an increasingly visible presence in the urban landscape of São Paulo, both in its centre and its peripheries. Though a city with a rich history of immigration and diversity, the arrival of migrants in recent decades has not been accompanied by specific municipal policies for the migrant population, an absence which affects in particular, low-income migrants. Urban social movements for migration take on the role of attempting to govern migration in the city by providing everyday support to migrants as well as mobilising them as a political group to demand changes on both national and municipal scales; yet these movements have limitations. The paper thus also highlights the agency of migrants in accessing their rights through empowering micro-level social networks and through individual negotiations with legal possibilities. Drawing on examples of institutional, activist and migrant practices in addressing questions of inclusion and exclusion in the city, the paper will trace the multiple and still fragmented ways of articulating rights and developing a sense of urban citizenship as newer waves of migrants join the urban landscape of São Paulo.

    Keyword Migration, citizenship, cities, agency
    Copyright Holder Taylor and Francis
    Copyright Year 2015
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI 10.1080/13621025.2015.1023260
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