Neoliberal reform and urban space: The cartoneros of Buenos Aires, 2001-2005

Themis Chronopoulos

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In Argentina, cartoneros are poor people who collect and sell paper products and other recyclables in order to survive. The appearance of cartoneros in high profile urban public spaces in search of recyclables has been one of the most visible and lasting effects of the 2001–2002 economic crisis of Argentina. This essay examines the origins of cartoneros in Buenos Aires and Gran Buenos Aires, their relationship with the state, and the formalization of their gathering activities by the authorities and the recycling industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-182
Number of pages16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006

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