The Spectacular Favela: Violence in Modern Brazil

Erika Robb Larkins, an Assistant Professor in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma.  Her book is an ethnographic study of the Rocinha neighborhood, a favela in Rio de Janeiro and one of the most famous favelas in Latin America. Dr. Larkins’s experience and research demonstrates that the violence frequently observed in favelas is not native to those neighborhoods. Rather, the spectacle of violence for which favelas are notorious is a response to the lack of housing, education, and medical resources for some of the nation’s poorest residents. Governments continue to assert a state of exception to justify welfare spending and security policies. Yet a constant lack of resources due to corruption causes a turn towards drugs and crime for subsistence. Thus, traffickers are empowered create and enforce rules of law in favelas.”

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