Drugs and Democracy in Rio de Janeiro Trafficking, Social Networks, and Public Security

ISBN-10: 0807857742
ISBN-13: 9780807857748
Edition: 2006
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Description: Taking an ethnographic approach to understanding urban violence, Enrique Desmond Arias examines the ongoing problems of crime and police corruption that have led to widespread misery and human rights violations in many of Latin America's new  More...

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List price: $32.50
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 10/30/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 6.996
Language: English

Taking an ethnographic approach to understanding urban violence, Enrique Desmond Arias examines the ongoing problems of crime and police corruption that have led to widespread misery and human rights violations in many of Latin America's new democracies. Employing participant observation and interview research in three favelas (shantytowns) in Rio de Janeiro over a nine-year period, Arias closely considers the social interactions and criminal networks that are at the heart of the challenges to democratic governance in urban Brazil. Much of the violence is the result of highly organized, politically connected drug dealers feeding off of the global cocaine market. Rising crime prompts repressive police tactics, and corruption runs deep in state structures. The rich move to walled communities, and the poor are caught between the criminals and often corrupt officials. Arias argues that public policy change is not enough to stop the vicious cycle of crime and corruption. The challenge, he suggests, is to build new social networks committed to controlling violence locally. Arias also offers comparative insights that apply this analysis to other cities in Brazil and throughout Latin America.

Enrique Desmond Arias is assistant professor of government at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York.

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