Cover

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Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction: On Our Own Terms

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pp. 1-36

This book tells stories of suffering, hopelessness, and political resistance among black individuals struggling to secure a place in an anti-black city. In the Fundão da Zona Sul, a conglomerate of predominantly black marginalized communities on the south edges of São Paulo, Dona Cecilia tries to come to terms with the disappearance ...

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1. Macabre Spatialities: Necropolis

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pp. 37-72

On May 30, 2008, a body was found in the bushes alongside a remote road in the sprawling conglomerate of slums in São Paulo’s south side. The mutilated body was headless with burn scars and bullet holes. Only later did we come to know that it was the body of a twenty-two-year-old black man named Betinho. ...

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2. “Police, Get Off My Back!”

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pp. 73-116

I arrived at the police headquarters early in the morning. After several unsuccessful attempts to interview the high commander of the Military Police at its central headquarters in downtown São Paulo, I was directed to the commander responsible for the Zona Sul area. In my e-mail request I emphasized that I was a researcher from a university ...

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3. The Favela–Prison Pipeline

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pp. 117-166

On Friday nights women form a long line along the fence at the Centro de Detenção Provisória (Pre-Detention Center, hereafter CDP), a men’s prison in the heart of the city of São Paulo. Coming from all over the city, they tell jokes, laugh, smoke cigarettes, and feed their babies while waiting to visit their loved ones. ...

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4. Sticking Up!

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pp. 167-208

Between May 12 and 15, 2006, the city of São Paulo was under attack. What began as a prison rebellion quickly spread throughout the city. Buses were burned, police stations were destroyed, and police officers were killed during this period. The city went into chaos as commuters tried to get home and metro stations shut down. ...

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5. Bringing Back the Dead

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pp. 209-256

After several attempts, I finally managed to set up a meeting with Dona Maria, a group of human rights activists, and state authorities to discuss the death of her son Betinho. With the help of a lawyer from the black movement, we created a task force to assist individuals like Dona Maria with bringing their cases to the judiciary and claiming a monthly stipend for their families. ...

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Conclusion: Blackpolis

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pp. 257-262

“The freedom to make and remake ourselves and our cities is, I want to argue, one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights. How best then to exercise this right?” In response to his own question, geographer David Harvey argues that the struggle for the “right to the city” is inevitably an anticapitalist and citizenship-based ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 263-268

The Anti-Black City is not just a book. Humbly, it is also an exercise of political imagination in times of restructuring global white supremacy. As such, it is the product of many hands and minds, especially of those with whom I marched in the streets of São Paulo, those with whom I shared troubling times living in the favela of Vila Bahiana ...

Notes

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pp. 269-312

Index

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pp. 313-324

About the Author

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