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Inside the riots: legal and illegal markets from the circulation of automotive parts

Grant number: 19/05576-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2019
Effective date (End): December 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science - Public Policies
Principal researcher:Gabriel de Santis Feltran
Grantee:Lucas Alves Fernandes Silva
Home Institution: Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (CEBRAP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/07616-7 - CEM - Center for Metropolitan Studies, AP.CEPID


The present scientific initiation research will integrate CEPID/CEM in line of research (Il) legal markets, inequalities and violence: urban production mechanisms in Brazil, from São Paulo, whose objective is to map the legal and illegal markets of vehicles and their mechanisms of production of inequalities and violence, from the city of São Paulo. Demanding objective, given the scarcity of national academic production, in Social Sciences, on the illegal market vehicles, but mainly considering their connections with legal markets. The money spent in the consumption of goods and investments in formal markets establish that connection. With this in view, this scientific initiation research proposes a study on commercial establishments popularly known as demarches (chop shops in English). It is characterized by the dismantling of used vehicles, usually unable to circulation, and to the selling of its parts, these establishments are historically associated with the robbery and theft of cars in the city of São Paulo. Once subtracted, a vehicle can circle fast and, then, be dismembered, what makes difficult to track these stolen cars. However, we know little about its articulation with other legal and illegal markets, such as car auctions and insurance companies. This research aims to understand how demarches in São Paulo are organized, and to observe the practices that compose them and the social relations that permeate their everyday life. More specifically, it's our interest to understand their market dimensions; beacons for negotiation between agents and; ability to set prices.

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