From Necropolis to Blackpolis: Necropolitical Governance and Black Spatial Praxis in São Paulo, Brazil
Version of Record online: 11 OCT 2013
© 2013 The Author. Antipode © 2013 Antipode Foundation Ltd.
Volume 46, Issue 2, pages 323–339, March 2014
How to Cite
Alves, J. A. (2014), From Necropolis to Blackpolis: Necropolitical Governance and Black Spatial Praxis in São Paulo, Brazil. Antipode, 46: 323–339. doi: 10.1111/anti.12055
- Issue online: 11 FEB 2014
- Version of Record online: 11 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 21 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Received: 13 AUG 2012
- necropolitical governance;
- spatial praxis;
Based on ethnographic work on police-linked death squads and with black women's organizations, this article analyzes current urban governance policies and the spatial politics of resistance embraced by communities under siege in Brazil. Space matters not only in terms of defining one's access to the polis, but also as a deadly tool through which police killings, economic marginalization, and mass incarceration produce the very geographies (here referred to as “the black necropolis”) that the state aims to counteract in its war against the black urban poor. Yet, within the context of necropolitical governance, blackness appears as a spatially grounded praxis that enables victims of state terror to reclaim their placeless location as a political resource for redefining themselves and the polis.