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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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The Killing Consensus

The Killing Consensus

(p.93) Chapter 5 The Killing Consensus
The Killing Consensus

Graham Denyer Willis

University of California Press

This chapter looks at the ways that the normal subjects of homicide and resistências share similar notions and characteristics of deservedness of death. I examine how the practices of both, as observed in the ways and strategies that police draw upon for survival, are part of a larger understanding of who can live and who may die under the current configuration of sovereignty authority, reflecting a common understanding and practice of the everyday state of governance in the city, while troubling notions of police corruption and accountability.

Keywords:   the exception, consensus, sovereignty, relative peace, violent crisis, survival, organized crime, the state, prisons, urban periphery, forms of equilibrium, corruption

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