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Sound-Politics in São Paulo$
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Leonardo Cardoso

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190660093

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190660093.001.0001

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Administrative Flows

Administrative Flows

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Sound-Politics in São Paulo

Leonardo Cardoso

Oxford University Press

The chapter focuses on two law enforcement institutions. The first is the police, one of the most visible state actors in the city and a recurrent choice for dealing with community noise. The second institution is the Urban Silence Program (Programa de Silêncio Urbano, or PSIU), a municipal agency created in 1994. After tracing the administrative flows inside the police and the PSIU, I suggest a comparative analysis of the two institutions. By following sound as it circulates within each of these governmental bodies, I argue that, different than the groups considered so far, the main concern for the executive branch is not so much ontological or epistemological issues surrounding noise, but rather consolidating (1) legal-bureaucratic stability, (2) budgetary principles, and (3) political party affiliations.

Keywords:   public administration, ethnography, São Paulo, police, public security, noise, crime, violence, Brazil

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