Waging Class Struggle With Plants: Intra-class differentiation and greening labor in a public housing project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

John Burdick

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Abstract

Intra-class differentiation needs to be brought back into the analysis of gentrification. In this article I argue that in the context of gentrifying pressures, greenspaces are an important site of struggle between segments of the working class. By paying attention to how different clusters of low-income residents in a housing project in Rio de Janeiro deploy plants, we gain insight into differently-situated working-class life projects, and into how neoliberal capital exacerbates competition between them. Through the lens of greening labor we discover a working class that includes not just victims of the forces of gentrification, but active resistors and savvy collaborators with those forces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)448-474
Number of pages27
JournalCity and Society
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020

Keywords

  • Intra-class differentiation
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • gentrification
  • greening spaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies

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