City of Walls: Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in Sao Paulo / Edition 1

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Teresa Caldeira's pioneering study of fear, crime, and segregation in São Paulo poses essential questions about citizenship and urban change in contemporary democratic societies. Focusing on São Paulo, and using comparative data on Los Angeles, she identifies new patterns of segregation developing in these cities and suggests that these patterns are appearing in many metropolises.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520221437
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Teresa P. R. Caldeira is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. She has been a professor of anthropology at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) and a senior researcher at the Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning (Cebrap) in São Paulo.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps, Illustrations, and Tables



Introduction: Anthropology with an Accent

PART ONE: The Talk of Crime

1. Talking of Crime and Ordering the World

Crime as a Disorganizing Experience and an Organizing Symbol

Violence and Signification

From Progress to Economic Crisis, from Authoritarianism to Democracy

2. Crisis, Criminals, and the Spread of Evil

Limits to Modernization

Going Down Socially and Despising the Poor

The Experiences of Violence

Dilemmas of Classification and Discrimination

Evil and Authority

PART TWO: Violent Crime and the Failure of the Rule of Law

3. The Increase in Violent Crime

Tailoring the Statistics

Crime Trends, 1973-1996

Looking for Explanations

4. The Police: A Long History of Abuses

A Critique of the Incomplete Modernity Model

Organization of the Police Forces

A Tradition of Transgressions

5. Police Violence under Democracy

Escalating Police Violence

Promoting a "Tough" Police

The Massacre at the Casa de Detenção

The Police from the Citizens' Point of View

Security as a Private Matter

The Cycle of Violence

PART THREE: Urban Segregation, Fortified Enclaves, and Public Space

6. São Paulo: Three Patterns of Spatial Segregation

The Concentrated City of Early Industrialization

Center-Periphery: The Dispersed City

Proximity and Walls in the 198s and 199s

7. Fortified Enclaves: Building Up Walls and Creating a New Private Order

Private Worlds for the Elite

From Cortiços to Luxury Enclaves

A Total Way ofLife: Advertising Residential Enclaves for the Rich

Keeping Order inside the Walls

Resisting the Enclaves

An Aesthetic of Security

8. The Implosion of Modern Public Life

The Modern Ideal of Public Space and City Life

Garden City and Modernism: The Lineage of the Fortified Enclave

Street Life: Incivility and Aggression

Experiencing the Public

The Neo-international Style: São Paulo and Los Angeles

Contradictory Public Space

PART FOUR: Violence, Civil Rights, and the Body

9. Violence, the Unbounded Body, and the Disregard for Rights in Brazilian Democracy

Human Rights as "Privileges for Bandits"

Debating Capital Punishment

Punishment as Private and Painful Vengeance

Body and Rights





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