Public spaces: Interactions, appropriations, and conflicts

Luciana Teixeira de Andrade, Luís Vicente Baptista

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The authors begin the chapter with the contemporary discussion on the crisis of public spaces and use a Simmelian regarding to focus on two dimensions of this debate. First, the meaning of the thesis that argues the death of the public areas of large cities. Then, the relevance of the category public spaces, using the diversity of types of spaces and types of interaction that are associated with and try to show why they cannot be reduced and homogeneously represented. Hence, from research conducted in Brazil and Portugal, the authors illustrate the various dimensions of public spaces with examples of conflicts and appropriations from its everyday uses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-34
Number of pages16
JournalResearch In Urban Sociology
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Belo Horizonte
  • Interactions
  • Lisbon
  • Public space
  • Urban life


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