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ADORNO, Sérgio  and  NERY, Marcelo Batista. Crime and violences in São Paulo: theoretical-methodological retrospective, advances, limits and future perspectives. Cad. Metrop. [online]. 2019, vol.21, n.44, pp.169-194.  Epub Apr 15, 2019. ISSN 1517-2422.

This article analyzes the relationships between crime, violence and cities, a traditional object of the social sciences and urban studies. With the city of São Paulo as the background and reported murders as the parameter, the article registers the evolution of vital and criminal records and questions the hypothesis that analyzes and explains crime distribution, in urban territories, based on the dualistic and binary logic between non-violent and violent neighborhoods, between center and periphery. Evaluating the stock of knowledge available in this field of study and discussing methodological issues related to the quality of the data that support analyses, the article proposes some methodological approaches that, today, can better explain crime distribution in a diversified and complex metropolitan fabric.

Keywords : crime; violence; homicides; cities; city of São Paulo.

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