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Pac'Stão versus the City of Police

Contentious Activism Facing Megaprojects, Authoritarianism, and Violence

Einar Braathen

classes meet the advances of the new citizens with strategies of segregation, privatization and fortification” ( Holston 1998: 52 ). The preparations for the sport mega-events in Rio de Janeiro—the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics—deepened and made

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Eluding the Esculacho

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

Celina Myrann Sørbøe

Zaluar 2017 ). The police officers were from the Police “Pacification” Unit (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora—UPP) program in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most debated public security projects in Latin America in recent years. The program started as an ad

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Racialized Governance

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

Margit Ystanes and Alexandre Magalhães

, we work, we pay taxes … The working class doesn't have money to rent apartments, that's why we go to the favelas.” In Rio de Janeiro, urban planning cannot be meaningfully separated from security concerns. The contents of such concerns are outcomes

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The Permeable Olympic Fortress

Mega-Event Security as Camouflage in Rio de Janeiro

Dennis Pauschinger

On an early afternoon of Rio's Olympic summer in August 2016, I was sitting in the Special Forces’ sleeping and locker room in Cidade da Políca (Police City), one of the two Civil Police headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. The police officers, all

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Bruno Brulon Soares, Jennifer Coombes, Ailish Wallace-Buckland, and Hollie Tawhiao

The Museum of Removals in Vila Autódromo, Rio de Janeiro The story of the Museum of Removals (Museu das Remoções), in Vila Autódromo, Rio de Janeiro, is told from the ground up. Located in the middle of a remodeled part of the city, in the

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Exceptionalism and Necropolitical Security Dynamics in Olympic Rio de Janeiro

Margit Ystanes and Tomas Salem

Mega-events and Securitization during the Pink Tide in Brazil When thinking back to the period when Rio de Janeiro prepared to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, international audiences may remember images of military

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The Power of Silence

Sonic Experiences of Police Operations and Occupations in Rio de Janeiro's Favelas

Sterre Gilsing

-talkies used for communication by perpetrators, and maybe the calm or stressed voice of someone giving commands. What impressed me most while doing ethnographic fieldwork in favelas in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro, however, was the silence: the silence

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Emergent Police States

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

Tomas Salem and Bjørn Enge Bertelsen

The Favela-Colony Like that of most Brazilian megacities, Rio de Janeiro's landscape is divided between areas commonly referred to as asfalto (lit. “asphalt”)—the “formal” city—and areas known as favelas ( Figure 1 ). Favelas are often

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Becoming a Man

Trajectories of Young Gay Men in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Wendell Ferrari and Marcos Nascimento

men, aged 19–24 years, who belong to low-income strata and live in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The research was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of Fernandes Figueira Institute/Fiocruz, ensuring the confidentiality and

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The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Reconfigurations of Domestic Space in Favelas

Brief Reflections on Intimacies and Precariousness

Carolina Parreiras

This brief article aims to reflect on the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic restructures intimacies, and the ways in which people relate to each other and to the domestic environment in a group of favelas located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I