(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Space for the state? police, violence, and urban poverty in Brazil

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

GARMANY J. (1) ;
(1) King's Brazil Institute, King's College, London, ROYAUME-UNI


This article explores the relationships between policing and space, querying perceived divisions between the state and society through an investigation of police work. By examining the tenuous position that police officers occupy (e.g., of state actor one moment and nonstate actor the next), it unpacks the state–society contradictions embodied by police. It argues that state–society imaginaries are fraught with a host of epistemological tensions and that police work—and, in particular, moments of conflict and police violence—shows clearly the problems and abuses engendered by binary state–society frameworks. Through a case study of a favela community (low-income urban settlement) in northeast Brazil, it illustrates how distance between the state and civil society—and the discretion state actors hold over nonstate actors—relates to moments of police violence and ongoing abuse


Article of periodic

published at : Annals of the Association of American Geographers / ISSN 0004-5608 / CODEN AAAGAK

Editor : Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC - ETATS-UNIS (1911)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 104, no6 [pp. 1239-1255]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.




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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1080/00045608.2014.944456

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