Urban Brazil today
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Chapter 6 considers urban development in Brazil. Like other countries in Latin America, Brazilian cities are (in)famous for poverty and informality, in both housing and modes of economic production. This chapter traces the underlying causes for these characteristics, accounting for Brazil’s history of slavery and socio-economic inequality. High levels of urbanization are not new to Brazil, yet Brazilian cities still show a significant lack of urban infrastructure and public services. These problems have begun to boil over in recent years, erupting in massive street protests that also reveal Brazil’s changing class structure. Related to this are issues of public security, violence, and crime, and the growing presence of private security and organized crime in Brazilian cities. Again, by considering the historical and structural roots of these problems, this chapter helps to explain why Brazil continues to confront these issues well into the twenty-first century.