Laura Belik

Racial and spatial exclusions in Brazil: Concentration Camps and the Nordestinos’ migratory histories

This research proposes to understand the connections between the urban built physical spaces and social, racial, political and economic exclusions in Brazil by observing Nordeste’s (Northeast Brazil) Concentration Camps from the early 20th Century and particularly looking at the Nordestinos (population from Northeast) and their migratory paths as a way to emphasize this approach to segregation. This case study shows how the camps can be perceived as the starting point in order to understand the countries’ social and physical exclusions, and how the Nordestinos’ history is an important example to perceive racial segregation and its direct connections to land distribution, symbolizing Brazil’s inequality.