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Sound-Politics in São Paulo$
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Leonardo Cardoso

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190660093

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190660093.001.0001

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The Echo Chamber

The Echo Chamber

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(p.75) 3 The Echo Chamber
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Sound-Politics in São Paulo
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Leonardo Cardoso

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190660093.003.0004

This chapter examines the São Paulo Municipal Chamber, focusing on three noise debates in São Paulo, the first two of which involve noise ordinances created in the 1990s, and enforced by the PSIU. The first debate revolves around the Evangelical lawmakers’ attempts to exclude, minimize, or hinder the impact of the noise ordinance on religious services. The second debate focuses on an ordinance that requires bars without acoustic insulation to close at 1:00 a.m.: a demand that faced strong opposition from nightlife businesses. The third debate circles back to the beginning of this article. I describe the recent attempt of a group of acoustic engineers to lobby the city administration for the systematic mapping of traffic noise. For the sound specialists, it is only with such an acoustic map that the municipal government can plan a truly sustainable city.

Keywords:   law, legislature, political science, clientelism, São Paulo, noise, urbanization, public security

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