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Sharing This Walk: An Ethnography of Prison Life and the PCC in Brazil - Latin America in Translation (Hardback)
  • Sharing This Walk: An Ethnography of Prison Life and the PCC in Brazil - Latin America in Translation (Hardback)
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Sharing This Walk: An Ethnography of Prison Life and the PCC in Brazil - Latin America in Translation (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 30/09/2016
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The Primeiro Comando do Capital (PCC) is a Sao Paulo prison gang thatsince the 1990s has expanded into the most powerful criminal network inBrazil. Karina Biondi's rich ethnography of the PCC is uniquely informedby her insider-outsider status. Prior to his acquittal, Biondi's husband wasincarcerated in a PCC-dominated prison for several years. During the periodof Biondi's intense and intimate visits with her husband and her extensivefieldwork in prisons and on the streets of Sao Paulo, the PCC effectively controlledmore than 90 percent of Sao Paulo's 147 prison facilities.

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
ISBN: 9781469630304
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This elegant and rigorously argued book offers a compelling critique of existing depictions of prison life in Brazil and challenges entrenched understandings of 'organised crime.'--London School of Economics Review of Books


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

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