Janaina Maldonado is a PhD student at Universität Hamburg and currently works at German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) integrating the LFF Graduation Program “Democratizing security in turbulent times”, coordinated by Universität Hamburg. It is also part of NaMargem - Center for Urban Research (UFSCar, Brazil) and of the research “Global cars: a transnational urban research on vehicle informal economies (Europe, Africa and South America - ANR France/ Fapesp)”, coordinated by Prof . Gabriel Feltran (UFSCar). She has a Master in Sociology at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) with an internship at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), a Bachelor in Social Sciences at UFSCar and is interested in security, violence, urban conflicts, democracy and difference.
“The signal-nexus: the co-production of security logics between different regimes of action in southeast Brazil”
This research follows the urban conflict in the daily lives of two Brazilian metropolises: São Paulo, the largest metropolis in the Americas, and Rio de Janeiro, one of the most important tourist centres in the Global South. Both cities are crossed by armed violence and struggles for justice. Both are also marked by the presence of different actors vying for their daily order. Relevant and influential work has been produced on the conflicts between these different actors: churches, state actors, criminal groups, militias. Little is said, however, about the symbioses or convergences between these actors. In other words, the specialized literature lacks research on the co-production of regulatory infrastructures and practices among these actors, especially on the production of security logics and policing infrastructure. This is exactly what the present research seeks to understand. Particularly, in a multi-sited ethnographic perspective, not only from one of these points of governance, but through the situations in which the nexus between them occurs.