Book Launch - Policing the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro: Cosmologies of War and the Far-Right


The Contesting Governance Platform invites you to this book launch of Policing the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro: Cosmologies of War and the Far-Right. This book, written by Tomas Salem, offers a rich and nuanced ethnography of the world of policing within one of the most deadly police forces. It examines how social relations and an authoritarian order are constructed through different narratives and explores the life of police soldiers serving at the frontline of Brazil's war on crime and drugs. 

Joining the discussion are Prof. Dr. Martijn Oosterbaan and Dr. Carolina Maurity Frossard. The session will be moderated by Dr. Tessa Diphoorn

  • Prof. Dr. Martijn Oosterbaan has published on religion, media, security, and the city in Brazil and in Europe. His research focuses among other things on urban and religious transformations in Brazil in relation to (in)security and the widespread use of mass media and popular culture (carnival, telenovelas, superheroes).
  • Dr. Carolina Maurity Frossard's research revolves around how ordinary digital practices and technologies shape urban economies, socio-spatial inequalities, and political communities in the everyday. She recently published a paper on surveillant practices and scopic skills in Recife, Brazil
  • Dr. Tessa Diphoorn conducts research and teaches at the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University. Her research focuses on policing, security, violence, and power and she analyses these societal and conceptual issues from an anthropological lens. Her ethnographic research is primarily based in South Africa and Kenya. 

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