Janaina Maldonado Guerrada Cunha

Doctoral Researcher

Janaina Maldonado Guerrada Cunha

  • Kurzer Lebenslauf

    • Since 01/2021: Doctoral Researcher at the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies and PhD Candidate at the Universität Hamburg in the LFF Programme “Democratising security in turbulent times”

    • 2018 - 2020: Master's student with a thesis developed at the Graduate Program at the University of São Carlos and at the Danish Institute for International Studies

    • 2015 - 2019: Junior Researcher in two projects: “In the Margins of the City” and “The regulation of (i) legal markets in São Paulo: mechanisms of reproduction of inequality and violence” both supervised by Prof. Gabriel de Santis Feltran

    • 2016 - 2018: Coordination assistant at the Center of Human Rights São Carlos at the project "Tackling Violence in Latin America" with British Council, CEBRAP and others Centers of Human Rights

    • Education: M.A. in Urban Sociology/Anthropology (sandwich scholarship), Danish Institute for International Studies; M.A. Urban Sociology, Federal University of São Carlos; B.A. Social Sciences, Federal University of São Carlos

    Aktuelle Forschung

    • Justiz

    • Sicherheit

    • Gemeinschaftsbildung

    Länder und Regionen

    • Lateinamerika

    • Brasilien



    • Signal City

    Janaina Maldonado Guerrada Cunha

    Doctoral Researcher


    Legal Pluralism and Critical Social Analysis | 02.2024

    The Law of God, the Law of the State and the Law of Crime: an Anthropological Account of the Consolidation of Multiple Normative Regimes in Brazilian Urban Margins

    Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Brazilian urban peripheries, this article proposes a theoretical reflection on normative multiplicities and their relations to the dynamics of violence in contexts of sharp conflict.

    Tempo Social | 2023

    Lei do Desmanche, PCC e Mercados

    No estado de São Paulo, as notificações de roubos e furtos de veículos cresceram entre 2003 e 2014. Desde então, esse tipo de crime tem diminuído. O que explicaria essa oscilação?

    Danish Institute for International Studies | 14.12.2023

    Brown bag lunch with Janaina Maldonado - From street banners to security cameras: the materiality of Brazilian urban governance

    Organisation: Danish Institute for International Studies Janaina Maldonado Guerrada Cunha (Vortragende:r)

    Latin American cities are known for their plural governance - by the state, criminal groups and religious groups. This plural governance has been extensively studied in terms of legitimacy, violence and reciprocity. But what can we learn from observing the materiality - street banners, security cameras, barricades or real-time maps - produced by these actors and their respective regimes of power? Based on ethnography in São Paulo since 2019, this presentation aims to discuss the work of materiality (objects, devices and infrastructures) in the governance of urban territories. Among the consequences of using objects to understand these orders is the emergence of a new actor: private security. Taking the public problem of mobile-phone theft in São Paulo as a starting point, I explore the objects that both private security and criminal actors put in place to respond to the 'outcomes' of the conflict.


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