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Illegal Markets, Violence, and Inequality

Evidence from a Brazilian Metropolis

Authors: Daudelin, Jean, Ratton, José Luiz

  • Based on extensive interviews with drug traffickers, users, and law enforcement 
  • Explores the middle class drug market in Recife, Brazil
  • Examines market characteristics, consumption patterns, and policing strategies that contribute to violence 
  • Challenges the class-blind “systemic violence” thesis that currently dominates analyses of drug violence
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This book challenges the quasi-consensus that Latin American countries dominate global homicide rankings mainly due to the illegal nature of drug production and trafficking. Building on US scholarship that looks at the role of social exclusion and discriminatory policing in drug violence, the authors of this volume show that the association between illegality and violence cannot be divorced from the inequality that prevails in those countries. This book looks in detail at the functioning of drug markets in Recife, the largest metropolitan area in Brazil’s North-East and, over the last 25 years, the heart of the country’s most violent metropolitan area. Building on extensive interviews and field work, the authors map out the city’s drug markets and explore the reasons why some of those markets are violent, and others are not. The analysis focuses on the micromechanics of each market, looking at consumption patterns and at the workings of retail sales and distribution. Such a systematic micro-level comparative analysis of the workings of Latin American drug markets is simply not available elsewhere in current literature. These findings point to significant gaps in current understandings of the link between illegal markets and violence, and they illuminate the need to factor in the way in which those markets are nested in exclusionary social contexts.

About the authors

Jean Daudelin is Associate Professor of International Affairs at Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada.
José Luiz Ratton is Professor and Director of the Crime, Violence and Public Safety Lab, at the Federal University of Pernambuco, in Recife, Brazil.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introduction: Drug Markets and Violence in Recife, Brazil

    Pages 1-15

    Daudelin, Jean (et al.)

  • Islands of Peace: Middle-Class Drug Markets

    Pages 17-36

    Daudelin, Jean (et al.)

  • Crack: Micromechanics of a Dysfunctional Illegal Market

    Pages 37-66

    Daudelin, Jean (et al.)

  • Inequality and Deterrence in Recife: The Rise and Fall of the “Pact for Life”

    Pages 67-82

    Daudelin, Jean (et al.)

  • Conclusion

    Pages 83-86

    Daudelin, Jean (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Illegal Markets, Violence, and Inequality
Book Subtitle
Evidence from a Brazilian Metropolis
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-76249-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-76249-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-76248-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 90
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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