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The Killing Consensus: Police, Organized Crime, and the Regulation of Life and Death in Urban Brazil

Graham Denyer Willis


This book describes the work of homicide detectives in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. In the midst of violence, detectives investigate two types of crimes—homicide and the routine killings of citizens by police known as resisting arrests followed by death. These two types of violence relay two different logics of killing, one on the part of an organized crime group known as the Primeiro Comando da Capital or PCC, and the other of a state broadly supportive of highly lethal police. This book tracks the ways that these two logics of killing and their subjects of violence align in moral and pract ... More

Keywords: security, democracy, sovereignty, police, homicide, detectives, organized crime, Primeiro Comando da Capital, Brazil, Sao Paulo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520285705
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520285705.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Graham Denyer Willis, author
University of Cambridge