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Crime, power, and authoritarian capitalism: a dystopian realism experiment

Soares, Luiz Eduardo (2019) Crime, power, and authoritarian capitalism: a dystopian realism experiment. Journal of Illicit Economies and Development, 1 (2). pp. 243-250. ISSN 2516-7227

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The article contrasts the richness of academic production on illegal markets in Brazil to the obscurantist context of contemporary Brazilian politics. The text takes up the main topics of the Special Issue and faces a challenging question: considering the knowledge produced by the articles as a whole and the situation opened by the victory of the far- right in Brazil, what can we expect in the near future? Certainly, continuity, if not increase, of mass incarceration with class, racial and territorial bias, as well as strengthening of the most retrograde policies in criminal justice, with official legitimation of police lethality in peripheries and favelas, now consecrated as a State policy. On the one hand the modern edge of capitalism, the most insidiously averse to rights, exclusive and inseparable from crime; on the other, social barbarism.

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Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2019 15:42
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:47

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