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Beyond reasonable doubt. A radiography of violent and non-violent death in São Paulo.

Grant number: 13/09660-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2014
Effective date (End): December 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Urban Anthropology
Principal researcher:Susana Soares Branco Durão
Grantee:Linda Guadalupe Reyes Muñoz
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


As a result of an ethnography carried out in the Program of Localization and Identification of Missing Persons (PLID) of the State of São Paulo focused on the processes of human identification of the bodies and their parts of unknown persons. The project aims to examine and reflect between various bureaucratic communications inscribed in official documents responsible for managing the violent and non-violent death of the state. In particular, the case of a missing person and the opening of a corpse find police case initiated by the Civil Police of the State of São Paulo. In order to deepen into the internal dynamics of the state that allow to generate questions about the role of the concept of evidence and the forensic sciences involved and at the same time form an own evidence that reveals the disconnections and aversions in the practices of the state apparatus policies that directly affect families in cases of missing persons based on a legal and social de-anatomy causing violence of uncertainty and indifference, as well as this is reflected in the impact of low case resolution rates by the São Paulo State police.

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