Crime and punishment in the city
in The entangled city
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This chapter presents the Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC) in São Paulo. This criminal group rose to the position of legitimate normative regime among a minor but relevant part of the residents of the city outskirts. Mapping alternative ‘courts’ performed by criminals in São Paulo, in three different levels of conflict, including a ‘debate’ via cell phone conference in seven of São Paulo’s prisons, the chapter argues that these mechanisms are central factors explaining the drop in homicide rates in São Paulo during the 2000s. Claimed publicly by the state’s government and military police, these courts themselves became important sources of legitimacy for the PCC’s expansion in Brazil.

The entangled city

Crime as urban fabric in São Paulo


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