Department of Sociology
Providence, RI 02912
Telephone (Brown): (401) 863-3617
Fax: (401) 863-3213
Year of Entry: 2007
B.A. in Sociology, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (2000)
M.A. in Social Sciences, The University of Chicago (2006)
Areas of Interest:
Urban Sociology, Social Stratification and Inequality, Political Economy
My research tries to understand how communities and sub-groups are created and/or dissolved inside a place. In that sense, my research wants to improve our understanding of places not only as heterogeneous, but also as intrinsically changing environments according to different situations which can occur at different scales (local, district, metropolitan, or global). Three questions guide my research: (1) How people organize to solve problems related to place; (2) how do existing social boundaries contribute to the formation of groups and alliances among groups; (3) how the process of solving problems re-configures social boundaries, groups, and community? I conduct my research in San Felipe, a middle-class residential unit in the city of Lima, Peru. Here I follow how people solve problems that are related to the live in common: the maintenance of their buildings, the control on space in common (parks, parking space, and sidewalks), and neighborhood transformation projects.
For my Master’s thesis, I studied the urban form, the urbanization process, and the model of residential segregation of the city of Lima, Perú. For this research I used the database of the 1993 Peruvian National Census for spatial analysis with ArcGIS. I think that this research provides several features that can be generalized to other Latin American cities. I am looking forward to compare these results with those of the 2007 Census to detect recent spatial transformations in Lima.
San Felipe: Boundary-work in a Latin American Middle-Class Neighborhood in Transition
John Logan (Chair), Hilary Silver, Jose Itzigsohn
Published articles / Chapters in books
Pereyra, Omar. (forthcoming). “Vida de Parque: El Uso de Espacios Comunes en la Residencial San Felipe.” In: Ciudadanía, Espacios Públicos y Gestión Urbana. Lima: UNED - PUCP
Pereyra, Omar. 2012. “Abriendo las Cajas Negras del Análisis Foucaultiano.” In Debates en Sociología No. 36. Lima: PUCP.
Pereyra, Omar. 2009. “Participación ciudadana y el reto de hacer Ciudad: José Leonardo Ortiz y la ciudad de Chiclayo.” In: Joseph, Jaime, Omar Pereyra and Luis Marin. Haciendo Ciudades y Ciudadanía desde Espacios Locales: Experiencias desde San Martin (Lima) y Jose Leonardo Ortiz (Chiclayo). Buenos Aires: CLACSO.
Joseph, Jaime, Themis Castellanos and Omar Pereyra. 2005. “Lima, Jardín de los Senderos que se Bifurcan: Segregación e Integración.” In: Portes, Alejandro, Bryan Roberts and Alejandro Grimson (eds.) Ciudades Latinoamericanas: Un Análisis Comparativo en el Umbral del Nuevo Siglo. Buenos Aires: Prometeo.