Government produces crime, crime produces government
São Paulo’s apparatus for homicide management
in The entangled city
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This chapter shows how, since the 1990s, the management of homicides in the state of São Paulo , has been carried out by at least two coexistent regimes of justice and security policies. These regimes can only be understood in their constitutive relationship. The author reviews the general lines of their development over two decades, from which have emerged the fundamental elements of São Paulo’s contemporary urban order. The chapter argues that state policies have offered best conditions for the current hegemony of Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC) policies in the regulation of both homicides and illegal markets, inside both prisons and favelas. Many ethnographic situations exemplify the argument of São Paulo as an entangled city where urban conflict could be much better understood if it were theoretically reframed.

The entangled city

Crime as urban fabric in São Paulo


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