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Sharing This Walk: An Ethnography of Prison Life in Brazil

Karina Biondi


The First Command of Capital (Primeiro Comando do Capital - PCC) is a São Paulo prison gang, founded in the 1990s, that has expanded into the most powerful criminal network in Brazil. Karina Biondi’s rich ethnography of the PCC is uniquely informed by her insider-outsider status. Prior to his acquittal, Biondi’s husband was incarcerated in a PCC-dominated prison for several years. During the period of Biondi’s intense and intimate visits with her husband and her extensive fieldwork in prisons and on the streets of São Paulo, the PCC effectively controlled more than 90 percent of São Paulo’s 14 ... More

Keywords: First Command of Capital, Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC), Ethnography, Brazil, Prisons, Transcendence, Prison Gang, Organized Crime, Politics, Counter-State

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469623405
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469623405.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karina Biondi, author