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Globalization, Violence and Security

Local Impacts of Regional Integration

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Edited By Shirlita Espinosa and Antonella Fazio

This collection is a great contribution to the field of violence and security studies. It presents six comparative, cross-regional analyses of violence and security, with both theoretical contributions and empirical researches conducted in Mexico, Morocco, Colombia, South Africa and Brazil. The book looks at violence and security within the broader contexts of globalization and regionalization as forces that shape the way discourses are understood with very concrete real-life consequences. Articles in the collection also discuss identity politics, indigenous cultures, race and ethnicity, and mass media in relation to violence and security. The book is uniquely tri-lingual with articles written in English, Spanish and French, and it also includes a preface by RISC president Harlan Koff.

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From the Desire to Live to the Readiness to Kill. The Result of Legal and Extra-legal Punitive Practices Involving Children and Adolescents in Rio de Janeiro: Joana Domingues Vargas & Natasha Elbas Neri

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From the Desire to Live to the Readiness to Kill

The Result of Legal and Extra-legal Punitive Practices Involving Children and Adolescents in Rio de Janeiro

Joana DOMINGUES VARGAS & Natasha ELBAS NERI

In recent decades Brazil has experienced high homicide rates. The total number of homicides between 1979, when the Ministry of Health started to monitor the homicide rate, and 2009, the thirtieth year for which records had been kept, reached the startling figure of one million (Zilli & Vargas, 2013). In most of these homicides the victims or perpetrators were black or mixed-race youths and adolescents living in favelas (slum communities) or on the outskirts of cities. The victims were murdered because of their involvement in the drug trade, in gangland disputes over territory or in other conflicts involving firearms. Some of these deaths were the result of confrontations or alleged confrontations between youths and the police.

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