[Cities are back in town webinar] Gabriel Feltran, « Stolen Cars: A Journey Through São Paulo’s Urban Conflict », 10.02.22, 17h30-19h15

27 janvier 2022

Seminar Cities are back in town

Launch and presentation of the book Stolen Cars: A Journey Through São Paulo’s Urban Conflict (Gabriel Feltran ed. Wiley/IJURR, 2022)

Sciences Po, Webinar, Compulsory registration



From the moment a car is stolen, many people start to make money. Where is this money circulated? What effects does it have on the legal and illegal economies? How does it impact social and political dynamics? Based on an ethnographical study spanning five years, Stolen Cars: A Journey Through São Paulo’s Urban Conflict tracks the journeys of stolen cars, their owners, and their thieves to examine how the patterns and mechanisms of urban inequalities and violence are reproduced. Stolen Cars is an innovative ethnography of urban inequalities and violence in São Paulo, Brazil. Organized around the journeys of five stolen cars, each chapter discusses a specific theme, such as the distinctions between violent robbery and the more commercial non-violent theft or the role of national borders interconnecting illegal and legal economies. The book provides an original theoretical framework for a rarely studied urban and transnational supply chain.


Gabriel FeltranGabriel Feltran, professor at the Department of Sociology of the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) and a researcher at the CEBRAP in Brazil

Gabriel Feltran was invited scholar and visiting Professor at the University of Oxford (2019), Goldsmiths University of London (2019), and Humboldt University Berlin (2017). Gabriel obtained his PhD in Social Sciences (2008) at the State University of Campinas, with a collaborative period at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). His work is based on a long ethnography in urban outskirts, focusing on normative regimes, criminal governance, power and violence along illegal market chains. Author of The Entangled City: crime as urban fabric (Manchester University Press 2020) and editor of Stolen cars: a journey through São Paulo’s urban conflict (Wiley, 2022).


Laurent Fourchard, Research Professor, Sciences Po, Centre for International Studies (CERI)

For more information: citiesarebackintown@sciencespo.fr

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