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Author Hellebrandt, Denis
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Abstract Urban areas undoubtedly offer several advantages for the poor as opposed to a rural context, above all greater access to public services and work opportunities. However, there are also clear disadvantages, such as worse health and housing conditions and more exposure to violent crime. As a consequence, it is impossible to establish exactly the implications of urbanisation for the security of poor people – they highly depend on features specific to a given group of people and their context. Thus, it can be argued that urbanisation consists of a balance between diverse and dynamic components which cannot be easily assigned to straightforward categories of “positive ” and “negative ” in terms of promoting secure livelihoods. In this paper I present selected findings from a case study of small-scale fisherfolk, living in a fully urbanised context and directly under the effect of global markets, which highlight the complex relation between the urban environment and security. The research combines qualitative and quantitative approaches and was carried out between 2006 and 2008, in Southern Brazil (Patos Lagoon estuary). The paper aims at providing empirical material that could shed light on a wider discussion about the relationship between urbanisation, natural resource use and global markets, with special focus on informality and illegality. I begin this short paper by situating the reader in my research project, briefly presenting the details most relevant to this argument. The following sections show findings and their preliminary analysis, as well as summary conclusions. 1 Supported by the Programme AlBan, the European Union Programme of High Level Scholarships for Latin
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Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
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