Gangs, drugs and urban pacification squads in Rio

Vicente Riccio, Wesley G. Skogan

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Th e crime problem in Brazil is known worldwide, and its most visible face is Rio de Janeiro. Th e country’s former capital and most visited city is marked by violence, a violence depicted in mass media, academic studies and even films, such as Elite Squad and City of God. In recent decades, crime in Rio de Janeiro has been linked to drug trafficking, gunfights between criminal gangs, police corruption and violence. Th ose problems occur mainly in poor neighborhoods, or favelas, where people live in a risky environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolice and Society in Brazil
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781498769068
ISBN (Print)9781498769037
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Social Sciences


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