Introduction to Special issue: Brazilian Criminology in the 21st Century

Date01 February 2022
Published date01 February 2022
AuthorVania Ceccato
Subject MatterIntroduction
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
2022, Vol. 38(1) 4 –12
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DOI: 10.1177/10439862211050450
Introduction to Special issue:
Brazilian Criminology in the
21st Century
Vania Ceccato1
This article introduces the special issue “Brazilian Criminology in the 21st Century”
that is composed of seven studies of contemporary security problems and related
public security initiatives in Brazil. They are multidisciplinary contributions employing
a large variety of methods, written by researchers based on Brazilian universities or
research executed in cooperation with international colleagues. This is a unique and
valuable reference source for researchers interested in Brazilian and Latin American
security challenges as well as attempts to address them. By recognizing current
barriers in knowledge production and sharing, the special issue calls for the creation
of new opportunities for joint knowledge from the “criminologies” of the Global
South and those from the Global North, befitting an inclusive global criminology
worthy of the 21st century.
crime, safety, Brazilian criminalogy, Global South, multidisciplinary, barriers, publication,
knowledge sharing
Is There “a” Brazilian Criminology?
High homicide rates, drug trafficking, police violence, and high levels of fear are just
a few of Brazil’s security challenges (Caldeira, 2013; Cano, 2010; IPEA/FBSP, 2016;
Machado & Ceci, 2002; Naim, 2006). Together with crime prevention initiatives,
these problems occupy a large portion of the Brazilian criminological literature (e.g.,
Beato Filho, 1999; Cano et al., 2016; Kahn, 2007; Silveira et al., 2010). Yet, much of
this scholarship is unknown to most of the international research community, as most
1Department of urban planning and environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm,
Corresponding Author:
Vania Ceccato, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Teknikringen 10A, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden.
1050450CCJXXX10.1177/10439862211050450Journal of Contemporary Criminal JusticeCeccato

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