Women’s Police Stations

Gender, Violence, and Justice in São Paulo, Brazil

  • Authors
  • Cecília MacDowell Santos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Cecília MacDowell Santos
    Pages 1-13
  3. Cecília MacDowell Santos
    Pages 15-45
  4. Cecília MacDowell Santos
    Pages 47-81
  5. Cecília MacDowell Santos
    Pages 83-113
  6. Cecília MacDowell Santos
    Pages 115-149
  7. Cecília MacDowell Santos
    Pages 151-175
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 189-246

About this book


Women's Police Stations examines the changing and complex relationship between women and the state, and the construction of gendered citizenship, using women's police stations in Sao Paulo. These are police stations run exclusively by police women for women with the authority to investigate crimes against women such as domestic violence, assault and rape. Sao Paulo was the home of the first such police station, and there are now more than 250 women's police stations throughout Brazil. Cecilia MacDowell Santos examines the importance of this phenomenon for the first time, looking at the dynamics of the relationship between women and the state as a consequence of a political regime, and exploring the notion of gendered citizenship.


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