International Rules on Violence Violence is central to an understanding of human subjectivity and social interaction; modern subjectivity in particular cannot be understood without reference to organized violence. Modern societies have produced highly developed organizational mechanisms and ideological doctrines that allow for organized violence in
Revisiting Haiti’s Gangs and Organized Violence Though a preoccupation with organized violence has dominated much of the discourse on politics and development in Haiti, little research exists on Haiti’s urban gangs and insurgent groups. This paper examines urban gangs through intensive field research conducted over
Pelo telefone: Rumors, truths and myths in the ‘pacification’ of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro The phenomenon of humanitarian engagement with situations of urban violence has attracted growing interest from academics, and practitioners in recent years. Yet the subject remains shrouded with myths and
Regional Organizations and Humanitarian Practices In “Regional organizations and humanitarian practices”, the authors have conducted extensive research on organizational infrastructure of regional organizations and their provisions for humanitarian action, surveying their findings from the point of view of regional governance in order to understand the
Os Deslocados: conceptualizing internal displacement in Brazil Whilst Brazil experiences comparatively high rates of violence and massive development interventions in its cities and hinterland, the scale and dynamics of cross-border or internal displacement are virtually unknown. There is a sparse literature on cross-border migration, whether voluntary or forced.
Rio’s Pacification: Paradigm Shift or Paradigm Maintenance? Reviewing the pacification literature, this paper exposes a mismatch between contemporary understandings of causes and drivers of urban violence and the methodological approaches applied to assess the success of pacification in the case of Rio de Janeiro. It
HASOW International Conference Report In March 2013, the first HASOW International Conference: “The Politics of Protection and the Future of Humanitarian Practices” took place at PUC-Rio. Its participants included doctors, lecturers and specialists in the topics relevant to the project. The objectives of the conference were