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"This is an extraordinary treatment of a difficult problem. . . . Much more than a conventional comparative study, City of Walls is a genuinely transcultural, transnational work—the first of its kind that I have read."—George E. Marcus, author of Ethnography Through Thick and Thin

"Caldeira's work is wonderfully ambitious-theoretically bold, ethnographically rich, historically specific. Anyone who cares about the condition and future of cities, of democracy, of human rights should read this book."—Thomas Bender, Director of the Project on Cities and Urban Knowledges

"City of Walls is a brilliant analysis of the dynamics of urban fear. The sophistication of Caldeira's arguments should stimulate new discussion of cities and urban life. Its significance goes far beyond the borders of Brazil."—Margaret Crawford, Professor of Urban Planning and Design Theory, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

"Caldeira's insight illuminates the geography of the city as well as the boundaries—or the lack of boundaries—of violence."—Paul Chevigny, author of Edge of the Knife: Police Violence in the Americas

"An extraordinary account of violence in the city. . . . Caldeira brings to this task a rare depth of knowledge and understanding."—Saskia Sassen, author of Globalization and Its Discontents

"An outstanding contribution to understanding authoritarian continuity under political reform. Caldeira has written a brilliant and bleak analysis on the many challenges and obstacles which government and civil society face in new democracies."—Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Director of the Center for the Study of Violence, University of São Paulo and Member of the United Nations Sub-Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

Synopsis:

City of Walls presents a comprehensive analysis of the way in which crime, fear, and violation of citizenship rights in Sao Paulo, Brazil, intertwine with urban transformations to produce a new pattern of urban segregation during the last two decades of democratic consolidation.

Synopsis:

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.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 425-453) and index.

About 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.

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Illustrations, and Tables

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

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 of Life: 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

Appendix

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520221437
Author:
Caldeira, Teresa Pires Do Rio
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Caldeira, Teresa P. R.
Author:
P. R. Caldeira Teresa
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
Crime
Subject:
Segregation
Subject:
Urban anthropology
Subject:
Säao Paulo
Subject:
Crime -- Brazil -- Säao Paulo.
Subject:
Segregation - Brazil - S~ao Paulo
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Crime-Criminology
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series Volume:
98-223
Publication Date:
20010431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 b/w photographs, 7 figures, 4 maps, 8
Pages:
504
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.25 in 24 oz

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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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