Living (Il)legalities in Brazil: Practices, Narratives and Institutions in a Country on the Edge

1st Edition

Sara Brandellero, Derek Pardue, Georg Wink

May 13, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 216 Pages - 7 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367363932 - CAT# 327787

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Reflecting on some of Brazil’s foremost challenges, this book considers the porous relationship between legality and illegality in a country that presages political and societal changes in hitherto unprecedented dimensions.

It brings together work by established scholars from Brazil, Europe and the United States to think through how (il)legalities are produced and represented at the level of institutions, (daily) practice, and culture. Through a transdisciplinary approach, the chapters cover issues including informal work practices (e.g. street vendors), urban squatter movements, and migration. Alongside social practices, the volume features close analyses of cultural practices and cultural production, including migrant literature, punk music and indigenous art.

The question of (il)legalities resonates beyond Brazil’s borders, as concepts such as ‘lawfare’ have crept into vocabularies, and countries the world over grapple with issues like state interference, fake news and the definition of ‘illegal’ migration. This is valuable reading for scholars in Brazilian and Latin American Studies, as well as those working in literary and cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, geography and political science.

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