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The Killing ConsensusPolice, Organized Crime, and the Regulation of Life and Death in Urban Brazil$
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Graham Denyer Willis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520285705

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520285705.001.0001

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(p.49) Chapter 3 Homicide
The Killing Consensus

Graham Denyer Willis

University of California Press

This chapter follows the ways that police make sense of homicides and, as a result, how they investigate them. I identify the existence of a “normal” kind of homicide—with assumed characteristics, victims, and perpetrators—that occurs in keeping with certain patterns of urban space, gender, race, and socioeconomic background. I examine how normal homicides reveal an alternative system of governance over life and death in the historically violent parts of the city, especially at it relates to the PCC.

Keywords:   homicide, normal crimes, normal homicide, urban space, bandido, security, discretion, criminal governance, PCC, organized crime membership, punishment, discipline, crime statistics

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