Available for the first time in English, Biondi's riveting portrait of thePCC illuminates how the organisation operates inside and outside of prison,creatively elaborating on a decentered, non-hierarchical, and far-reachingcommand system. This system challenges both the police forces againstwhich the PCC has declared war and the methods and analytic concepts traditionallyemployed by social scientists concerned with crime, incarceration,and policing. Biondi posits that the PCC embodies a "politics of transcendence,"a group identity that is braided together with, but also autonomousfrom, its decentralized parts. Biondi also situates the PCC in relation toredemocratization and rampant socioeconomic inequality in Brazil, as wellas to counter-state movements, crime, and punishment in the Americas.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
One of the most insightful works on 'inner' Brazilian society.--Current Anthropology
This is the best kind of ethnography, in which the experience of the subjects genuinely determines the ideas developed.--Luso-Brazilian Review