Stephanie Savell F'15

Stephanie  Savell
Co-Director, Costs of War Project, and Senior Research Associate in International and Public Affairs
Costs of War Project
Brown University

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2015
Doctoral Candidate
Anthropology
Brown University
The Right to Security: Militarized Policing and Its Alternatives in Rio de Janeiro

This dissertation examines the conjuncture of repressive policing and rights-based discourses and practices in a controversial public security program in Brazilian favelas called "police pacification.” Going beyond support or condemnation of this program, the dissertation investigates the meanings of security, policing, and power in the lived experiences of favela residents, police, military soldiers, and policymakers. Their varied understandings reveal much about the tension between coercion and social contract in state sovereignty; the contested construction of authority in a context where criminal groups compete with the state; and the fine line between public security as a right to protection from crime and militarized security as abuse of rights.