“Territory as order and chaos”: The power relations between street vendors, public authorities and traders
Keywords:Território, Relações de poder, Camelôs, Poder público, Comerciantes
This article aims to identify and understand the power relationships built over time between the street vendors, the government and the formal traders in the city of Três Lagoas in Mato Grosso do Sul, a city 340 km away from the state capital. The theoretical framework that underpins this study focuses on the notion of territory. This theoretical option finds support in the fact that the territory is directly linked to relations of power. However, there is no talk of territory without regard to the categories of time and space. Territory arises from human action on the binomial space / time, so that they are as social constructions. The method used to carry out the investigation was ethnography. Through this method it was possible to show the power relationships between street vendors, government agencies and traders, changes in the meanings of urban dynamics. Thus, it was possible to infer that the territorial boundaries congregate delimitations and also symbolic breaks, with implications in the construction of urban itineraries.
Keywords: territory, power relations, street vendors, public authorities, traders.
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