By Ana Paula C. Pereira; Silvia Cristina F. Amaral; and Jonathan Long
It has been documented by many researchers that second homes are a product for the affluent (Coppock 1977; Ball, 2005; Paris, 2009; Kauppila 2010). After all, one only considers buying a second home if one has enough money after providing for the principal residence, and since most of the world faces difficulties meeting the costs of a principal residence, no matter how modest that home may be, the second home is only within the means of a relatively wealthy minority. This paper sits firmly in a South American context, but most of the literature on second homes comes from Europe and North America. We seek here to make use of that literature without constraining our analysis of what is particular to a Brazilian context.
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Dr. Ana Paula C. Pereira recently completed a PhD at the State University of Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil). Currently she is lecturing in History of Education at Centro Universitário de Volta Redonda (UniFOA) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her research interests include: the phenomenon of second homes upon leisure lifestyles; leisure and the concept of social capital and symbolic violence. In 2011 she was a visiting researcher at Leeds Metropolitan (now Beckett) University-UK (under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Long), with the funding of Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES). Ana is a member of the Lab of Social Dimensions Applied to Physical Activity and Sport based at Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).