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This chapter looks at São Paulo’s neighborhood organizations. In examining their weight within the political conjunctures, their relationships with union organizations, and their engagement in the broader struggles of workers in that period, it seeks to overcome the dichotomy, all too common in the literature, between “resident” and “worker.” In addition, the chapter discusses attempts by separatist movements in São Miguel Paulista to secede from the city of São Paulo. Feeling abandoned by the government, these movements believed that the transformation of the neighborhood into an autonomous city could improve the quality of life for the population. Finally, the chapter...

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