Created by Prof. Dr. Fraya Frehse at the Department of Sociology in 2018, NESPSESTE stems from the theoretical and methodological advances accumulated by the Center for Studies and Research in Sociology of Space (NEPSE), which the same professor put into action in the Department in 2011. NEPSESTE brings together researchers interested in sociological and anthropological studies about the spatial and temporal dimension of everyday social practices. In other words, NEPSESTE is interested in how actions, interactions, social relationships and symbolic representations become materialized on a daily basis both in terms of simultaneity and succession in present-day and past urban Brazil - although the countryside and the forest are also empirically addressed in spatial terms.
To sum up, space and time in everyday life are the NEPSESTE major methodological parameters to understand Brazil’s social, cultural and political life.
Such epistemological perspective entails theoretical and methodological issues that NESPESTE has been addressing within the following three study groups:
- Spatio-Temporally Enrooted Sociology (SETE)
- Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability – Homelessness (SMUS-PopRua)
- Spatio-Temporal Observatory (OBSESTE) of Public Places of Affection in São Paulo