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“A Dagger Through the Skull and Nothing to the Wallet“ 

Hahn, Fredrik LU (2012) STVK01 20121
Department of Political Science
Abstract
“A dagger through the skull and nothing to the wallet“ is a common expression for the situation in the squatter societies of Rio de Janeiro. It is used equally amongst the residents of the slums or “favelas” as they are called, as well as used by the recently implemented pacifying police force that work there. In Rio de Janeiro there are 17 murders committed everyday. The majority of those murders occur in the favelas. Almost four years have passed since the efforts at pacification were initiated, but the implementation’s effectiveness is being disputed.
In this thesis I challenge and discuss the concept of social contract by describing the mechanisms behind the sense-of-security in a former privately held monopoly of violence. I find... (More)
“A dagger through the skull and nothing to the wallet“ is a common expression for the situation in the squatter societies of Rio de Janeiro. It is used equally amongst the residents of the slums or “favelas” as they are called, as well as used by the recently implemented pacifying police force that work there. In Rio de Janeiro there are 17 murders committed everyday. The majority of those murders occur in the favelas. Almost four years have passed since the efforts at pacification were initiated, but the implementation’s effectiveness is being disputed.
In this thesis I challenge and discuss the concept of social contract by describing the mechanisms behind the sense-of-security in a former privately held monopoly of violence. I find empirical evidence and theoretical support that the sense-of-security in a “pacified” favela is suppressed by inefficient government capacity.
The empirical material was gathered through qualitative interviews and participatory observation in one of the favelas. The research material is analyzed through Charles Tilly’s theory of state formation. The material is further developed with an in-depth investigation that relies upon Samuel P. Huntington’s theory of civil- military relations and Bo Rothstein’s theory of intrapersonal trust. (Less)
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author
Hahn, Fredrik LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
What causes the sense-of-security within a privately held monopoly of violence? ‐ A case study from the slums of Rio de Janeiro 
course
STVK01 20121
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
squatter society, Rio de Janeiro, Social contract, civil- military relations, private monopoly of violence
language
English
additional info
I would like to express my gratitude towards Douglas Brommesson, Jakob Gustavsson and Veronica Gleizer for the support and support when I needed it.
id
2971247
date added to LUP
2012-09-24 11:04:19
date last changed
2012-09-24 11:04:19
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  abstract     = {“A dagger through the skull and nothing to the wallet“ is a common expression for the situation in the squatter societies of Rio de Janeiro. It is used equally amongst the residents of the slums or “favelas” as they are called, as well as used by the recently implemented pacifying police force that work there. In Rio de Janeiro there are 17 murders committed everyday. The majority of those murders occur in the favelas. Almost four years have passed since the efforts at pacification were initiated, but the implementation’s effectiveness is being disputed. 
In this thesis I challenge and discuss the concept of social contract by describing the mechanisms behind the sense-of-security in a former privately held monopoly of violence. I find empirical evidence and theoretical support that the sense-of-security in a “pacified” favela is suppressed by inefficient government capacity.
 The empirical material was gathered through qualitative interviews and participatory observation in one of the favelas. The research material is analyzed through Charles Tilly’s theory of state formation. The material is further developed with an in-depth investigation that relies upon Samuel P. Huntington’s theory of civil- military relations and Bo Rothstein’s theory of intrapersonal trust.},
  author       = {Hahn, Fredrik},
  keyword      = {squatter society,Rio de Janeiro,Social contract,civil- military relations,private monopoly of violence},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {“A Dagger Through the Skull and Nothing to the Wallet“ },
  year         = {2012},
}