SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.21 issue61Illegal markets, protection rackets and Organized Crime in Rio de JaneiroThe city and urban practices: in the uncertain frontiers between the illegal, the informal and the illicit author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand




Related links


Estudos Avançados

Print version ISSN 0103-4014On-line version ISSN 1806-9592


MUNIZ, Jacqueline de Oliveira  and  PROENCA JR., Domício. Muita politicagem, pouca política os problemas da polícia são. Estud. av. [online]. 2007, vol.21, n.61, pp.159-172. ISSN 0103-4014.

The presente essay departs from a critical appraisal of what is, or would be, the "organized crime" to develop and contextualize the professional trajectory of a hypothetical young police officer, showing an ethnographic perception of the "frail frontiers" that separate police convenience, coexistence and connivance with illicit activities. It follows the lead provided by a common saying of Rio de Janeiro police officers - "the police have many bosses" - in order to criticize, palliate, explain or justify their "connection" or "involvement" with a wide variety of interests, including some that are associated with the so-called "organized crime". It also mentions the elements of a diagnosis of police "clientelization", which contextualize and shape the conditions of the possibility of using the police mandate for private purposes and its implications.

Keywords : Police power; Police mandate; Clientelism; Organized crime; Corruption.

        · abstract in Portuguese     · text in Portuguese     · Portuguese ( pdf )


Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License