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Taking an ethnographic approach to understanding urban violence, Enrique Desmond Arias examines the ongoing problems of crime and police corruption that have led to widespread misery and human rights violations in many of Latin America's new democracies. Employing participant observation and interview research in three favelas (shantytowns) in Rio de Janeiro over a nine-year period, Arias closely considers the social interactions and criminal networks that are at the heart of the challenges to democratic governance in urban Brazil.

Much of the violence is the result of highly organized, politically connected drug dealers feeding off of the global cocaine market. Rising crime prompts repressive police tactics, and corruption runs deep in state structures. The rich move to walled communities, and the poor are caught between the criminals and often corrupt officials. Arias argues that public policy change is not enough to stop the vicious cycle of crime and corruption. The challenge, he suggests, is to build new social networks committed to controlling violence locally. Arias also offers comparative insights that apply this analysis to other cities in Brazil and throughout Latin America.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. p. vii
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  1. PREFACE: Departure
  2. pp. ix-xviii
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  1. ABBREVIATIONS
  2. p. xix
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  1. INTRODUCTION: Thinking about Social Violence in Brazil
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. 1 Setting the Scene: Continuities and Discontinuities in a “Divided City”
  2. pp. 18-38
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  1. 2 Network Approach to Criminal Politics
  2. pp. 39-60
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  1. 3 Tubarão
  2. pp. 61-96
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  1. 4 Santa Ana
  2. pp. 97-129
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  1. 5 Vigário Geral
  2. pp. 130-168
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  1. 6 Comparative Analysis of Criminal Networks in Brazil and Latin America
  2. pp. 169-188
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  1. 7 Theorizing the Politics of Social Violence
  2. pp. 189-206
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  1. EPILOGUE: Rio 2005
  2. pp. 207-216
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 217-240
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 241-268
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 269-279
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469605135
Related ISBN
9780807830604
MARC Record
OCLC
966767927
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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