Dissertation Abstracts

Occupational Structure and Poverty in the Metropolitan Area of São Paulo

Author: Prates, Ian , ianprca@yahoo.com.br
Department: Sociology
University: University of São Paulo, Brazil
Supervisor: Nadya Araujo Guimarães
Year of completion: 2013
Language of dissertation: Portuguese

Keywords: Occupational Structu , Poverty , Social Protection , Labour market
Areas of Research: Economy and Society , Stratification , Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy


In Brazil, poverty has usually been attributed to the state of the labor market, limitations in social protection, and the process of the expansion of the paid labor force. By contrast, the studies about occupational structure do not take poverty as an object of analysis. Usually, poverty is seen as a residue of the social stratification dynamics. This research aims to show how we can incorporate the occupational structure and its relationship with economic changes and social protection, in order to study poverty. We use the Metropolitan Area of São Paulo between the years of 1991 and 2010 as a case study. Based on census data, this dissertation analyzes the relationship between different patterns of occupational structure and the dynamics of poverty during these two decades.