Jacinto Cuvi

CV

Welcome to my site.

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Institut de Sociologie of the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland. I received my PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 and I hold a master’s degree in comparative politics from Sciences Po Paris. I am based in the US during the Fall 2019 semester.

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I study informal labor and politics in large cities of the Global South. I am interested in how the state shapes the lives of informal workers and how informal workers participate in the polity. I did my dissertation fieldwork in São Paulo, Brazil.

In my current book project, I analyze the role of hope in structuring the relationship between disenfranchised laborers and the state. Drawing on a historical case study of the ties between street vendors and the Workers’ Party (PT), I trace the transition from old-style populist politics and clientelistic practices to new ways of governing disenfranchised groups in the current era.

Peer-reviewed publications

2019. “Symbolic Capital, Informal Labor, and Postindustrial Markets: The Dynamics of Street Vending during the 2014 World Cup in São Paulo.” Theory & Society, 48(2), 217-238. Accepted manuscriptversion of record. 

2019. “The Peddlers’ Aristocracy: Social Closure, Path-Dependence, and Street Vendors in São Paulo.” Qualitative Sociology, 42(1), 117-138. Accepted manuscriptversion of record.

2016. “The Politics of Field Destruction and the Survival of São Paulo’s Street Vendors.”Social Problems, 63(3), 395-412. Accepted manuscript, version of record.

2015. “Santos: The Gold Hunter” in Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in an American City, edited by Javier Auyero, pp. 42-58. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. Project website.

Service to the discipline

I was a member of the organizing committee of the 2019 Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association. As part of this, I organized a panel with Craig Calhoun and Noortje Marres on the future of sociology. The video is now available on YouTube.

Grants

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined)

Swiss National Science Foundation Doc.Mobility Fellowship, $ 35,000

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, $ 10,279

Foundation for Urban and Regional Research Studentship, $17,500

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Latin America, $24,000

Ministère Français des Affaires Etrangères et Agence pour l’Enseignement Français à l’Etranger (AEFE) Bourse d’Excellence et Bourse Major, $75,000

Contact 

jacinto.cuvi [  at  ] unine.ch