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Matthew is a post-doctoral researcher at the Centro de Estudos da Metrópole (CEM), São Paulo. His research looks at current economic, social and political transformations at Brazil’s urban periphery and how these are shaping subjectivities and social relations among residents of these areas. He blogs on this and other topics, including British politics. He has written for Red Pepper, Renewal, OpenDemocracy, New Left Project, Shifting Grounds, Rio on Watch, Observatório das Metrópoles, The Occupied Times, and State of Nature.

It’s a cool late-April evening in São Paulo and locals have packed out the União da Juta community centre in the residential neighbourhood of …