Roxana Pessoa Cavalcanti

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University of Brighton

United Kingdom
Research Profile

My research is in the areas of criminology, violence, policing and insecurity. My previous work has focused on the politics of crime control, justice and human rights, critical theory, theorising social inequalities relating to class, gender and ethnicity in the context of Brazil. My research has been published in academic journals such as Contemporary Social Science, the Bulletin for Latin American Research and the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

English, Spanish, Portuguese

Cavalcanti, R. P and Garmany, J. (forthcoming) The politics of crime and militarised policing in Brazil. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy. (Accepted)

Cavalcanti, Roxana Pessoa (2017) Marginalised youth, violence and policing: a qualitative study in Recife, Brazil, Contemporary Social Science, 12:3-4, 227-241. DOI: 10.1080/21582041.2017.1384049

Cavalcanti, R. P. (2017) ‘Armed violence and the politics of gun control in Brazil: A case study of the 2005 referendum’. Bulletin of Latin American Research. Vol. 36 (1): pp. 36-51.

Cavalcanti, R. P. (2017) ‘How Brazil’s far right became a dominant political force’. The Conversation. Available online:

Cavalcanti, R. P. (2013) 'Edge of a barrel: Gun violence and the politics of gun control in Brazil'. British Society of Criminology Newsletter, No. 72. pp. 11-14.

Goldsmith, C. and Cavalcanti, R. P. (2013) ‘Beyond ‘infernos’ or ‘paradises’: the politics of precariousness’. Criminal Justice Matters. Vol. 93 (1): 14-15.

Cavalcanti, R., Goldsmith, C., Measor, L. and Squires, P. (2012) ‘Riotous connections?’ Criminal Justice Matters. Vol. 87 (1): 34-35.

Cavalcanti, R., Goldsmith, C., Lea, J., Measor, L., Squires, P. & Wolff, D. (2011)
‘Youth and Community: Connections and Disconnections’. AHRC (Online) pp.1-15.