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(Il)licit economies in Brazil: an ethnographic perspective: Economias (i)lícitas no Brasil: uma perspectiva etnográfica

Feltran, Gabriel (2019) (Il)licit economies in Brazil: an ethnographic perspective: Economias (i)lícitas no Brasil: uma perspectiva etnográfica. Journal of Illicit Economies and Development, 1 (2). pp. 145-154. ISSN 2516-7227

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Identification Number: 10.31389/jied.28

Abstract

Illicit economies are an issue of paramount importance and an opportunity for social mobility for millions in Brazil. The literature about them lacks empirical accuracy and less normative interpretive keys. Based on field research conducted between 2005 and 2018, this paper explores two stories: i) that of a young man working for illegal markets in the outskirts of São Paulo; and ii) that of a Toyota Hilux he stole. It adopts an approach centered on a theory of everyday action and focused on the boundary between legal and illegal and its pragmatic social effects. I argue the lack of public regulation of illicit economies has, over the last few decades, prevented their actors from obtaining social rights and started a vicious cycle of violence and reproduction of inequalities on a social level, as well as given rise to criminal populism in the public arena.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2019 15:36
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2019 11:57
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101058

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