Homicide in São Paulo

An Examination of Trends from 1960-2010

  • Bruno Paes Manso

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Bruno Paes Manso
    Pages 13-25
  3. Bruno Paes Manso
    Pages 27-43
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    Pages 45-65
  5. Bruno Paes Manso
    Pages 91-95
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    Pages 107-111
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    Pages 113-116
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  10. Bruno Paes Manso
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 181-189

About this book


This volume aims to explain the mechanisms for the “epidemic-like” rise in homicide rates São Paolo, Brazil during the late 20th century as well as their sharp decrease after 2000. The homicide rates increased 900 percent from 1960s-2000, and then dropped relatively quickly to 1970s levels over the next decade. While the author finds the Brazilian military government and rise of para-military police forces to be a major factor in the rise of homicide rates in Brazil, research on violent crime trends has demonstrated that it is generally due to the intersection of many factors (for example changes in policing, social or political structures, availability of weapons, economic influences) rather than a single cause. This work integrates individual, neighborhood, and structural dynamics at play in both the rise and drop in homicide rates, and provides a framework for understanding similar phenomena in other regions, particularly in the developing world. 

This book will be of interest to researchers in criminology and criminal justice, as well as political science, and international relations, particularly with an interest in South America. The methodology includes both qualitative and quantitative analysis.


Brazilian Military Government Governance in Brazil Homicide Rates in Sao Paolo Homicide Research Homicide Trends Violent Offending

Authors and affiliations

  • Bruno Paes Manso
    • 1
  1. 1.Caribe Royale OrlandoBrazil

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