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Teresa Caldeira

Berkeley (United States of America)

Teresa Caldeira

Anthropologist and Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley.



Teresa Caldeira is an anthropologist and Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on urban themes, social relations and life in cities. She has also worked on spatial segregation, urban violence and social discrimination. She is presently carrying out research into the ways in which young people in a neoliberal world are creating new forms of urban life entailing different kinds of governance and urban planning. In 2012 she was named a Guggenheim Fellow and received a Faculty Mentor Award from the University of California, Berkeley.

She has written, amongst others:
  • City of Walls: Crime, Segregation and Citizenship in Sao Paulo (University of California Press, 2000; Spanish translation Ciudad de muros, Gedisa, 2007), which was awarded the Senior Book Prize of the American Ethnological Society in 2001.
  • Democràcia i murs. Noves articulacions de l’espai públic (CCCB, Breus, 2008)
  • Espacio, segregación y arte urbano en Brasil (Katz, 2010).
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