Personal Networks and Urban Poverty: Preliminary Findings
Authors: Eduardo Marques, Renata Bichir, Encarnación Moya, Miranda Zoppi, Igor Pantoja & Thais Pavez
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This article presents results of ongoing research into personal networks in São Paulo, exploring their relationships with poverty and urban segregation. We present the results of networks of 89 poor individuals who live in three different segregation situations in the city. The article stats by describing and analyzing the main characteristics of personal networks of sociability, highlighting aspects such as their size, cohesion and diversity, among others. Furgher, we investigate the main determinants of these networks, especially their relationship with urban segregation, understood as separation between social groups in the city, and specific forms of sociability. Contrary to much of the literature which takes into account only segregation of individual attributes in the urban space (race, ethnicity, socioeconomic level etc.), this investigation tests the importance both of networks and segregation in the reproduction of poverty situations.