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The conclusion argues that today Brazil’s urban peripheries have two dichotomous public façades: on the one hand, they are the cause of ‘urban violence’ that calls for more repression; on the other hand, they are the focus of the ‘national development’ project which would turn poor people into middle-class individuals. The idea of urban violence, as commonly perceived, has displaced the focus of the contemporary social question from ‘the worker’ to the ‘marginal people’. As a side effect, tensions between ‘crime’ and ‘state’ regimes have grown and their relationship has found a common basis in monetised markets. Money seems to mediate the relationship between forms of life which, from other perspectives – legal or moral – would be in radical alterity. Consumption emerges as a form of common life and mercantile expansion, above all, connecting legal and illegal markets and fostering urban violence that otherwise would have been under control, had those territories seen economic development. Religion, and especially Pentecostalism, emerges as a plausible source of mediation between the regimes.

The entangled city

Crime as urban fabric in São Paulo


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