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Social justice movements and families of victims of police lethality in the United States and Brazil

Grant number: 22/07319-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): November 15, 2022
Effective date (End): March 17, 2023
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Law - Public Law
Principal Investigator:Maira Rocha Machado
Grantee:Luciano Santana Pinheiro
Supervisor: Keisha-Khan Yemaine Perry
Host Institution: Escola de Direito de São Paulo. Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Pennsylvania, United States  
Associated to the scholarship:21/03918-5 - Family members of victims of police lethality and the justice system: a complex relationship, BP.MS


This project aims to develop a theoretical analysis tool to understand the political and legal strategies of social movements of family-victims of police lethality when accessing the justice system. The analysis of documents and the observation of social movements in Brazil show the existence of strategies of social mobilization and social demands around the justice system, especially by black women who have faced police violence and violence from the justice system in different ways. These demands go beyond the legal system and are articulated transnationally and can be observed through the idea of the "African diaspora" (Perry, 2013) through discursive tactics or through legal practices and strategies shared in solidarity by countries marked by racial inequality. The observation made so far reveals the need to explore these issues in order to stimulate the construction of analytical categories and frameworks capable of understanding from an intersectional (Perry, 2016) and transnational perspective the strategies of victim-family movements built among movements that are in the Black diaspora. It is believed that the theoretical framework mobilized by Professor Keisha-Khan Y. Perry in her research on black women's mobilization in the struggle for social justice, as well as the research developed at the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, to which she is affiliated, will certainly bring fundamental contributions to interpretation and analysis of political and legal strategies for access to justice in Brazil, which is why this BEPE project is justified. (AU)

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