Recognition, Redistribution and Popular Participation: Towards an Integrative Judicial Policy

Proceedings of the Gender, Feminisms and Justice System Seminar is published

September 5th, 2018

The work contemplates the debates that took place between 15 and 16 in March of 2018, at the National Faculty of Law. The seminar was the result of a partnership between the UFRJ Human Rights Laboratory and the Justice Forum. As Professor Vanessa Berner points out in the book's introduction, during these “two days, topics of great importance for the construction of feminist theories and feminist struggle were addressed. The debate revolved around the following Working Groups: Feminisms, Antipunitivism and Women's Incarceration; Psychiatric Knowledge, Gender and Deprivation of Liberty; LGBTQIA + People and Justice Systems; Justice system designed by women; Invisible Prisons: Maternity situation and justice system; CITY: Networks, Articulations, Social Movements, Public Policy Formulations and Social Control; Racism and the Justice System and Democratization of the Justice System, Gender and Feminisms ”. It has seventy-eight articles distributed by the mentioned themes. The book is dedicated to Marielle Franco, who would have been present at the event had not been executed days before and is forged under the pain and strength promoted among those present from this tragedy

Cover Genre Feminism


For the organizers of the work, Professor Luciana Boiteux and doctoral students Patrícia Magno and Laize Benevides, as indicated in the editorial, although the Critical Criminology produced in Brazil, from the 1990 decade, later approached gender studies, the debate is still It has reproduced some contradictions - such as punitive demands in crimes of violence against women, as well as often dismissing women as perpetrators of crime, as it appears mostly as a victim. In this sense, the first part, entitled “Feminisms, antipunitivism and female incarceration” is dedicated to advancing feminist reflections and perspectives on the criminal system, with particular emphasis on the intersections of race, class and gender.

The second part, called “Psychiatric Knowledge, Gender and Deprivation of Freedom”, is dedicated to rethinking the most appropriate critique of the structurally elitist and racist system of justice, bypassing the discussions fueled by feminisms, as well as the reflexes that the Law no 10.216 / 01 has produced and produces in the praxis of law in an interdisciplinary perspective with mental health and psychosocial attention. The objective here is to unveil the participation of women as a target of asylum logic, or, in their capture as a subject that violates the norm, morals and morals. Thus, it contains texts that bring subsidies for the reflection on the intersection between gender relations, psychiatry and deprivation of liberty in their multiple expressions and temporalities.

In the third part we call “LGBTQIA + People and Justice Systems,” you will find critical articles that articulate theory and practice to discuss how to extend and renew feminist and LGBTQIA + social mobilization to combat violence against people and advocacy. human rights in the face of conservative agendas of denying, restricting and limiting these rights. There are also articles that think about access to domestic or international justice systems in order to guarantee these broad rights, as well as epistemological and methodological proposals for decision makers to seek solid foundations for fairer decisions that combat inequalities that people LGBTQIA + live in society.

The fourth part entitled “Justice System designed by Women” seeks to address the challenge of articulating reflections on strategies that strengthen the punitive order and weaken the democratic bias, highlighting the questions about the justice system designed by women, from the perspective theory of feminist critical criminology, from a guaranteeing point of view, minimum criminal law and the abolitionist horizon. In it, we find articles that dialogue with issues related to the Justice System, involving the Criminal System and which cross gender issues.

The fifth part, which deals with “Invisible Prisons: Maternity Situation and the Justice System”, is composed by works with critical theoretical approaches that bring elements to a discussion about the imprisonment of women in maternity situation and its broader aspects. The articles reveal discussions about their profile, the types of women charged with them, their criminal sentences, the impact of incarceration on their lives, their children, their family, and the role of the justice system in the high rate of arrests against women. this vulnerable group.

The sixth part is based on the title: “City: Networks, Articulations, Social Movements, Formulations of Public Policies and Social Control”, and brings together discussions about the Right to the City, based on the various collective strategies of space occupation. public. It gathers research in the framework of the intersection of gender, class and race, dedicated to the following themes: networks and articulations in the formulation of public policies; social movements, popular participation and organization of struggles for urban mobility, housing
and dignity, Criminalization of poverty and social control, popular legal advice, diversity, plurality and intersectionality in the fight against oppression (of race, gender and social classes), human rights education and the integration between university and society.

The purpose of the seventh part we call “Racism and the Justice System” is to reflect and interrogate the ways in which racism operates both in the legislative sphere and in the (non) enforcement of laws by the agents of the justice system. The works not only look for possible causes and effects, but also aim to raise possible indicators that allow us to observe this relationship in order to understand its influences on the provision of judicial services and their performative dimensions in the lives of the actors (suppliers and users) who interact in it. system.

The eighth part on “Democratization of the Justice System, Gender and Feminisms” consolidates profound reflections on the democratization of the Justice System, questioning the structure of society from which and in which this system operates. At the center of the debate, therefore, are the forms of structural violence and the relations of oppression and exclusion that, as they permeate society, its phenomena and institutions, place the role of the excluded and excluded, especially women, in the agenda. impacts on the justice system and problematizes the answers given to them.

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