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The Permeable Olympic Fortress

Mega-Event Security as Camouflage in Rio de Janeiro

Dennis Pauschinger


This article reconsiders sport mega-event security in the context of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The article essentially argues that the mega-event organizers used a security spectacle to camouflage Rio's politics of death in the many favelas and peripheral neighborhoods. Conceptually, this contribution centralizes different notions of spectacle and camouflage and situates both in the history of violent and racial policing of the poor in Brazil. Empirically, the piece explores, across three sections, how (1) the city was transformed into a spectacular fortress by adapting standardized mega-event security measures to the specific public security conditions in Rio; (2) the Olympic fortress was nonetheless selectively porous and permeable; and (3) the spectacle served to camouflage the otherwise deadly police deployments of socio-spatial patterns along lines of class and racial inequalities.

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Undocumented People (En)Counter Border Policing

Near and Far from the US Border

Denise Brennan

about racialized policing” whose function is “to protect and serve whiteness ,” as a frame through which to read the stories below about racial profiling of undocumented people ( Burton 2015: 38–39 ). 2 I also turn to Didier Fassin’s research on how

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The Algorithmics and Biopolitics of Race in Emerging Smart Border Practices and Technologies

Tamara Vukov

key prescriptive mode built into the development and implementation of movement-sensing technologies. While the racialized policing of travel and movement routes has a long history in migration policies, 42 the increasingly algorithmic and continuous

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Eirini Kasioumi, Anna Plyushteva, Talya Zemach-Bersin, Kathleen F. Oswald, Molly Sauter, Alexandra Ganser, Mustafa Ahmed Khan, Natasha Raheja, Harry Oosterhuis, and Benjamin Fraser

poverty, and it often leaves them vulnerable for racialized police surveillance. Furthermore, the advance of “cycle chic” in their neighborhoods may even be a bad omen for unprivileged groups, as rising property values and living costs will eventually

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Reclaiming the streets

Black urban insurgency and antisocial security in twenty-first-century Philadelphia

Jeff Maskovsky

metropolitan areas in the United States and elsewhere, racialized policing practices are central to the ordering of public urban spaces and have long been intimately linked to the ordering functions of urban revitalization policies, commercial districts, and