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Stolen Cars - A Journey Through Sao Paulo''s Urban Conflict

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Stolen Cars is an innovative ethnography of urban inequalities and violence in São Paulo, Brazil.
 
* Organized around the journeys of five stolen cars, each chapter discusses a specific theme, such as the distinctions between violent robbery and the more commercial non-violent theft or the role of national borders interconnecting illegal and legal economies
* Provides an original theoretical framework for a rarely studied urban and transnational supply chain
* Draws from empirical data and a combination of different methodologies to demonstrate mechanisms of urban inequalities and violence reproduction
* Highlights how everyday life is entangled with structural urban transformations
* Uses an ethnographic narrative to show how urban development produce various forms of illegality and violent crime

List of contents

Notes on Contributors viii
 
Series Editors' Preface x
 
Introduction 1
Gabriel Feltran
 
A Phone Call 7
 
A Global Market 9
 
Theoretical Framework: Normative Regimes 11
 
Inequalities 18
 
Methods: About Journeys, Tacking, and Our Collaborative Research Team 21
 
A Collective Research Team 27
 
Ethical Issues, Diversity, and Typical Days 29
 
Chapter Structure 31
 
1 Crime, Violence, and Inequality in São Paulo 37
Gregorio Zambon and Gabriel Feltran
 
7 a.m. (Fiat Strada) 39
 
10:00 a.m. (Hyundai HB20) 43
 
5:15 p.m. (Fiat Palio) 47
 
8:40 p.m. (Ford Ka) 53
 
Urban Violence and Market Regulation 56
 
2 State Reaction 63
Gabriel Feltran
 
Police Use of Lethal Force 66
 
Imprisonment 74
 
The "Clearing of Public Roads" 78
 
Political Legitimation 80
 
3 Designing the Market 87
Deborah Fromm
 
Insurance as a Mediator 94
 
The Automobile Business: From the Streets of São Paulo to the Panama Papers 99
 
4 Auctions and Mechanisms 104
André de Pieri Pimentel and Luiz Gustavo Simão Pereira
 
Central Circuits: Insurance Companies that Sell at Auctions 109
 
Some Numbers 111
 
Marginal Circuits: Car Dealerships and Chop-shops that Buy at Auctions 115
 
Auctioneers: Economics and Politics 121
 
5 Dismantling a Stolen Car 127
Isabela Vianna Pinho, Gregório Zambon, and Lucas Alves Fernandes Silva
 
Family, Market, Politics 130
 
Between Extremes: From "Recicla" to "Sheds" 135
 
Prices and Stratification 143
 
6 Regulating an Illegal Market 147
 
Luana Motta, Janaina Maldonado, and Juliana Alcântara
 
A Brief Chronology of the Dismantling Law 149
 
Old Practices, New "Political Merchandise": The Everyday Experience of the Dismantling Law 152
 
The Political Centrality of Police Officers 158
 
Police Regulation and Violence 161
 
7 Not Criminals, Legislators 165
Deborah Fromm and Luana Motta
 
New Laws, New Markets 169
 
Illegal Markets, Microfinance, Corporate Philanthropy 171
 
Action and Reaction 174
 
Parallel Insurance and the Protection Market 175
 
The Law that Governs the Market, the Market that Governs the Law 181
 
8 Globalization and Its Backroads 187
André de Pieri Pimentel, Gabriel Feltran, and Lucas Alves Fernandes Silva
 
A Global Market and Its Margins 190
 
Connecting Markets 194
 
Urban Reconfigurations 198
 
North-South Urban Inequalities 202
 
Conclusions 208
Gabriel Feltran
 
Afterword: Following Cars in a Latin American Metropolis: Inequality, Illegalisms, and Formalization 220
Daniel Veloso Hirata
 
References 228
 
Index 245

About the author










Gabriel Feltran is an urban ethnographer who has studied the 'world of crime' in Brazil for more than two decades. He is Professor of Sociology at the Federal University of São Carlos and Senior Researcher at the Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP). He has held Invited Scholar positions at University of Oxford, UK, and Humboldt University, Germany. Professor Feltran's works include The Entangled City: Crime as Urban Fabric in São Paulo.


Summary

Stolen Cars is an innovative ethnography of urban inequalities and violence in São Paulo, Brazil.

* Organized around the journeys of five stolen cars, each chapter discusses a specific theme, such as the distinctions between violent robbery and the more commercial non-violent theft or the role of national borders interconnecting illegal and legal economies
* Provides an original theoretical framework for a rarely studied urban and transnational supply chain
* Draws from empirical data and a combination of different methodologies to demonstrate mechanisms of urban inequalities and violence reproduction
* Highlights how everyday life is entangled with structural urban transformations
* Uses an ethnographic narrative to show how urban development produce various forms of illegality and violent crime

Report

'Something of an instant classic, Stolen Cars pins its researcher's sights on the moving targets selected by the thieves and robbers of Sao Paulo's criminal networks. Those expecting only underworld revelations are quickly re-educated to see how acts of illicit acquisition form part of a more complex and vast urban economy whose shadow embraces both the formal and the illicit. Stolen Cars is a detailed, complex and exciting story with an intellectual energy that matches the turbo-charged vehicles so prized by Sao Paulo's thieves.'
Rowland Atkinson, Research Chair in Inclusive Societies, University of Sheffield, UK
 
'This book should be an instant classic. Theft and crime shape urban livelihoods and everyday experiences in many cities, at the frontiers of often extreme inequality. But these themes are absent from the canon of urban theory. Through a detailed ethnography of car theft in Sao Paulo, Stolen Cars traces the deep ties of these illegal circuits with insurance, finance, auto production and repair, as well as the international drug trade. A highly innovative account of crucial transnational networks shaping urban life and urban economies, this book represents an essential new starting point for global urban studies.'
Jennifer Robinson, Professor of Geography, University College London, UK

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