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Emergent Police States

Racialized Pacification and Police Moralism from Rio's Favelas to Bolsonaro

Tomas Salem and Bjørn Enge Bertelsen

be understood as a modern colonial formation. In what can be read as an elaboration of—and addition to—their nuanced and rich analyses, we use postcolonial theory to examine how authoritarian moralism and urban security practices in the favelas

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Exceptionalism and Necropolitical Security Dynamics in Olympic Rio de Janeiro

Margit Ystanes and Tomas Salem

cloaked in a narrative about security, urban development, expanding citizenship, and social inclusion. For countless favela residents, however, these interventions reasserted old patterns of authoritarian state governance toward their communities. Favelas

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Performance, Power, Exclusion, and Expansion in Anthropological Accounts of Protests

Aet Annist

authoritarian rule. The author approaches the case from the theoretical angle of performativity to capture the hopelessness of the struggle against unflinching authoritarianism. Placed in the context of foreign aid to promoting democracy, the protests are

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Pac'Stão versus the City of Police

Contentious Activism Facing Megaprojects, Authoritarianism, and Violence

Einar Braathen

: 1006–1069 ), a prism to understand the historical roots of an authoritarian state and society that is constructed by racialized and gendered hierarchies. Brazilian society is ruled by oligarchic elites with origins in the country's slaveholding

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Racialized Governance

The Production and Destruction of Secure Spaces in Olympic Rio de Janeiro

Margit Ystanes and Alexandre Magalhães

. Making Rio an Olympic City After Brazil's return to democracy in 1985, Rio's authorities largely abandoned favela removals because of their association with previous authoritarian regimes ( Magalhães 2013 ). However, after heavy rains devastated many

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Alena Minchenia

.1080/13510347.2014.899585 . 10.1080/13510347.2014.899585 Bedford , Sophie . 2017 . “ ‘The Election Game’: Authoritarian Consolidation Processes in Belarus .” Demokratizatsiya 25 ( 4 ): 381 – 405 . Bennett , Elizabeth A. , Alissa Cordner , Peter Taylor Klein

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Leyla Neyzi, Nida Alahmad, Nina Gren, Martha Lagace, Chelsey Ancliffe, and Susanne Bregnbæk

thinking is a global movement affecting us all. The case of Rwanda, however, with its violent past, uncertain future under authoritarianism, and endemic rural poverty, highlights questions of self and others in particularly stark terms for understanding the

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Eluding the Esculacho

A Masculinities Perspective on the Enduring Warrior Ethos of Rio de Janeiro's Police

Celina Myrann Sørbøe

wider academic production on police violence in Brazil that emphasizes how the police institution—against a backdrop of structural inequalities and a lingering authoritarianism from the military dictatorship—has served as a tool of “necropolitics

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Sheikhs and the City

Urban Paths of Contention in Sidon, Lebanon

Are John Knudsen

time scales, the outcome or post-protest pathways for Islamist movements vary “according to individual characteristics of activists and movements” (2019: 60), as well as the level of authoritarian repression they experience. Gade identifies four

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Marla Frederick, Yunus Doğan Telliel, and Heather Mellquist Lehto

, as the antithesis of the state. In the Turkish context, it is this perspective that underlies President Erdoğan's authoritarian policies against Kurdish politicians and human rights activists. Furthermore, the eclipse of liberal globalism is seen not