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Philippine Prison Marriages

The Politics of Kinship and Women's Composite Agency

Sif Lehman Jensen

enfolded. There is expansive literature on how kinship and politics merge in the Philippines, which shows how local and national politics are organized around strong familial networks (see Abinales and Amoroso 2005 ; Lara 2014; McCoy 1994 ; Roces 1998

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Times of Violence

The Shifting Temporalities of Long-Term Ethnographic Engagement with Burundi

Simon Turner

rivalry between Palipehutu and CNDD (Conceil National pour la Defénce de la Démocratie), a more moderate party and rebel movement. CNDD was the dominant force in the camp, and whenever I found understandings of the conflict that were similar to the mythico

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Racialized Governance

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

Margit Ystanes and Alexandre Magalhães

personalized aesthetics of favela architecture, the cooptation of the legal system by elite interests, and a national identity that excludes favela residents. This exclusion must be understood in the context of Brazil's past as a colonial slave society (see, e

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Emergent Police States

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

Tomas Salem and Bjørn Enge Bertelsen

in national right-wing politics and political cosmologies and argue how the experiment with new policing practices at the UPPs can aid us in understanding the moral framework underpinning Bolsonarismo. Importantly, international reporting on the

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“I Showed You What I Thought Was Appropriate”

Reflections on Longitudinal Ethnographic Research and the Performativity of Dutch Gang Life

Robert A. Roks

for scholars studying street and gang cultures. The extant research on street culture documents how people seek out status, reputation, and identity on the streets ( Anderson 1999 ; Bourgois 1995 ) and as part of street gangs (Decker and Van Winkle

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Eluding the Esculacho

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

Celina Myrann Sørbøe

article views as a hypermasculine and militaristic “warrior” identity and ethos in the police occupational culture, drawing on the literature on warrior-based masculinity in favelas ( Zaluar 1994 , 2004 ) and in police cultures ( Brown 2007 ; Gripp and

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Pac'Stão versus the City of Police

Contentious Activism Facing Megaprojects, Authoritarianism, and Violence

Einar Braathen

Manguinhos and had previously been active in the MSF. The research team's multidisciplinarity and plurality of social identities, and combination of distant and close relationships with the communities examined, made field and interpretative work challenging

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(Counter)Terrorism and the Intimate

Bodies, Affect, Power

Sunčana Laketa

the rising critical studies of terrorism, scholars principally aim to destabilize the discursive framings and policies that enable the rising security apparatus and thus pose challenges to the prevailing state and/or national paradigm on security

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The Permeable Olympic Fortress

Mega-Event Security as Camouflage in Rio de Janeiro

Dennis Pauschinger

agents such as fire brigades often use their official identities to make use of political authority while engaging in illicit activities, veiled by camouflage tactics. The central argument here is “that the logic of camouflage reveals how the state always

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Atmospheres beyond the Conflict City/Ordinary City Divide

Sara Fregonese

academic dialogues across a number of national contexts ( Kazig and Masson 2015 ) in cultural geography ( Anderson 2009 ; Runkel 2018 ; Simpson 2019; Sumartojo and Pink 2019 ) and urban policy ( Di Croce 2020 ). Atmosphere is a term used—in UK cultural