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Sarah Hautzinger

In: The SAGE Handbook of Global Policing

Chapter 33: Policing by and for Women in Brazil and Beyond

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Policing by and for Women in Brazil and Beyond
Policing by and for Women in Brazil and Beyond
Sarah Hautzinger

An old man stands, facing the corner in a specialized woman's police station in Salvador da Bahia, northeast Brazil. He has been there for over two hours now, and below his ragged shorts his deep brown legs and feet are now visibly quivering in their rubber flip-flop sandals. Understanding why he has been ordered to stand there, as with any ethnographic datum, requires layers of contextualization. It's clear to the two policewomen attending them that his wife, now sobbing hysterically at the table with the police officer, is an unlikely candidate to ‘successfully’ register a criminal complaint for the blows she reports she's taken. First, they ...

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