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Religious-Military Urbanism and the Popular Culture of Sovereignty by Martijn Oosterbaan (Utrecht University)

Publié le 24 février 2020 Mis à jour le 25 février 2020

Lectures in Anthropology 2019-2020 - Centre LAMC

In this presentation, I reflect on the installment of Pacifying Police Units (Unidades de Polícia Pacificadora), on Brazilian military interventions and on police operations in Rio de Janeiro. The material stems from my own fieldwork in Rio de Janeiro and from the collaboration with Dr. Carly Machado (Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro) and Professor Rivke Jaffe (University of Amsterdam). This presentation engages with two contemporary scholarly discussions: one centered on the militarization of urban life and the other on postsecular urbanism. The main point of the presentation is that state security operations in the city recurrently make use of religious discourses, representations and actors to legitimize and enforce extraordinary police and military operations. This challenges secularist assumptions prevalent in much of the urban security literature. The material presented shows that governmental promises to regain sovereign control of ‘wild’ urban territories regularly lean on Biblical representation.
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