Autogestão in an era of mass social housing: the case of Brazil’s Minha Casa Minha Vida-Entidades Programme

Kristine M. Stiphany, Peter M. Ward

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Abstract

Although Brazilian housing policy has historically focused upon upgrading and regenerating informal settlements, (urbanização), since 2009 the prioritisation of mass housing has led to social exclusion and spatial segregation across the country's urban peripheries. Using a combined ethnographic and geospatial analysis, we provide a critical analysis of MCMVE (Minha Casa Minha Vida Entidades), a community-based housing programme that alleges the use of autogestão - collective urban management organised around an ethos of social transformation. We find this claim to be misleading. Although MCMVE ostensibly increases access to housing, it is encouraging residents to leave established, well located settlements and relocate to isolated, peripheral tracts of land. Our study emphasises the need to reconsider how MCMVE might more productively assimilate autogestão and mass housing in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-336
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Housing Policy
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Brazil
  • Housing policy
  • Minha Casa Minha Vida
  • Minha Casa Minha Vida Entidades
  • consolidated informal settlements
  • sociospatial segregation

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