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Living in the Crossfire: Favela Residents, Drug Dealers, and Police Violence in Rio de Janeiro
by Maria Alves and Philip Evanson
Temple University Press, 2011
Paper: 978-1-4399-0004-8 | Cloth: 978-1-4399-0003-1 | eISBN: 978-1-4399-0005-5
Library of Congress Classification HN290.R5A48 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 303.620869420982

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

For all of Brazil's efforts to reduce poverty-and its progress-the favelas in Rio de Janeiro still house one-third of the city's poor, and violence permeates every aspect of the city. As urban drug gangs and police wage war in the streets, favela residents who are especially vulnerable live in fear of being caught in the crossfire. Politicians, human rights activists, and security authorities have been working to minimize the social and economic problems at the root of this "war."

Living in the Crossfire presents impassioned testimony from officials, residents, and others in response to the ongoing crisis. Maria Helena Moreira Alves and Philip Evanson provide vivid accounts from grieving mothers and members of the police working to stop the war and, among officials, from Brazil's President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, who discusses his efforts to improve public security.

 


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