2021
DOI: 10.1111/jlca.12569
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Qualifying Violence: Visible Data, Invisible Lives in Recife, Brazil

Abstract: This article brings attention to the rise of digital computing in policing in Brazil, where new technologies have been integrated into the criminal justice apparatus to surveil, manage, and police criminalized communities. I examine a reformist public policy called the Pacto pela Vida (Pact for Life) in Recife and foreground the process of collecting and interpreting data at crime scenes as a means by which to analyze how criminality is understood and conceptualized. Drawing on extensive ethnographic research,… Show more

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“…Recife, one of the country's most unequal state capitals, is no exception to this recurring diagnosis. Stigmatized in circulating imaginaries as sources of danger and criminality, self-built settlements, marginalized working-class areas, and their residents have been historically and disproportionately exposed to the risk of violence-especially when said violence is perpetrated by militarized policing forces themselves (Cavalcanti, 2020;Haynes, 2022).…”
Section: Violent Inequalities and Visual Vigilance In Recifementioning
confidence: 99%
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“…Recife, one of the country's most unequal state capitals, is no exception to this recurring diagnosis. Stigmatized in circulating imaginaries as sources of danger and criminality, self-built settlements, marginalized working-class areas, and their residents have been historically and disproportionately exposed to the risk of violence-especially when said violence is perpetrated by militarized policing forces themselves (Cavalcanti, 2020;Haynes, 2022).…”
Section: Violent Inequalities and Visual Vigilance In Recifementioning
confidence: 99%
“…The 2007 managerial reform of public security carried out under the Pacto pela Vida (Pact for Life), though widely celebrated for reducing Pernambuco homicide rates between 2007 and 2013, did not structurally or durably alter this unequal reality, especially when assessed and experienced from Recife's urban margins (see Cavalcanti, 2020;Daudelin & Ratton, 2018;Haynes, 2022;Hoelscher, 2017).…”
Section: Violent Inequalities and Visual Vigilance In Recifementioning
confidence: 99%
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