From Necropolis to Blackpolis: Necropolitical Governance and Black Spatial Praxis in São Paulo, Brazil

Amparo Alves, Jaime

Journal article written by 2009 DPDF State Violence and 2013 Drugs, Security, and Democracy Fellow Jaime Amparo Alves:

Based on ethnographic work on police-linked death squads and with black women's organizations, this article analyzes current urban governance policies and the spatial politics of resistance embraced by communities under siege in Brazil. Space matters not only in terms of defining one's access to the polis, but also as a deadly tool through which police killings, economic marginalization, and mass incarceration produce the very geographies (here referred to as “the black necropolis”) that the state aims to counteract in its war against the black urban poor. Yet, within the context of necropolitical governance, blackness appears as a spatially grounded praxis that enables victims of state terror to reclaim their placeless location as a political resource for redefining themselves and the polis.

Title
From Necropolis to Blackpolis: Necropolitical Governance and Black Spatial Praxis in São Paulo, Brazil
Author
Amparo Alves, Jaime
Published
John Wiley & Sons, March 2014
On the web
Citation
Amparo Alves, Jaime, "From Necropolis to Blackpolis: Necropolitical Governance and Black Spatial Praxis in São Paulo, Brazil," in Antipode, ed. (John Wiley & Sons, March 2014), http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anti.12055/abstract, 46, 2, 323-339.