Democracy 3: Frontier violence and civilization in São Paulo's periphery
Author: Bruno Paes Manso, Maryluci de Araújo Faria and Norman Gall | Published in 2005
Toward the end of the 1970s, along dimly lit, unpaved streets of Jardim Campanário, a new settlement was growing at the edge of the São Paulo suburb of Diadema. Crude houses of hollow brick mixed with wood shacks, in a jumble of migrant lives, was becoming a community. These were times of fevered construction and disorder in Greater São Paulo’s periphery. An explosion of land invasions and illegal subdivisions tripled Diadema’s population in two decades. On rainy mornings in Jardim Campanário, people left home for work with two pairs of shoes because the dirt streets became swamps. But the mire beneath their feet was not the most frightening thing en route to the bus stop. Sometimes they found bulletridden corpses dumped beside their path.