Armed violence and the politics of gun control in Brazil: an analysis of the 2005 referendum

Cavalcanti, R.P. 2017. Armed violence and the politics of gun control in Brazil: an analysis of the 2005 referendum. Bulletin of Latin American Research. 36 (1), pp. 36-51. doi:10.1111/blar.12476

TitleArmed violence and the politics of gun control in Brazil: an analysis of the 2005 referendum
AuthorsCavalcanti, R.P.
Abstract

This article analyses the factors behind the paradoxical result of the Brazilian gun-control referendum. It adopts a qualitative approach to explore the dissemination of ideologies surrounding crime, gun control and security. For this purpose, interviews were conducted with activists involved in the referendum's campaign. The results reveal that ideologically driven campaigns in a context of corruption scandals, high levels of violence and fear influenced the result. The neoliberal discourse of individual freedoms played a role, as did the phrasing of the referendum's question, fragile confidence in public institutions and unequal campaign funding and regulation.

KeywordsBrazil, firearms, gun control, policing, public security.
JournalBulletin of Latin American Research
Journal citation36 (1), pp. 36-51
ISSN0261-3050
Year2017
PublisherWiley
Publisher's versionCAVALCANTI-2016-Bulletin_of_Latin_American_Research.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/blar.12476
Web address (URL)http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/blar.12476/full
Publication dates
Published01 Mar 2016
Published in printJan 2017
LicenseCC BY 4.0

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