Interfaces between history of violence and territory formation in Ceará, Brazil: an effort of synthesis and periodization

  • Carlos Garcia Filho Secretaria Municipal da Saúde de Iguatu
  • José Jackson Coelho Sampaio Universidade Estadual do Ceará

Abstract

Fatal interpersonal violence is a major public health problem in Brazil. To understand this complex phenomenon, there is a need for interdisciplinary effort. This article aims to investigate the role played by violence in the historical process of territory formation in Ceará, Brazil. Historical materialism was used as the theoretical matrix to establish a critical periodization of violence. The interconnection between production mode and superstructure enabled us to get closer to the category social formation, in the context of territory. It was possible to establish five historic blocks relatively homogeneous. Violence is one of the major vectors of territory formation in Ceará. It is observed that this phenomenon has been turned into another commodity, concrete and symbolic. The close relation between the profile of a young man killed due to violence and the profile of an unemployed young man is not a matter of chance. Both of them survive in Brazilian urban outskirts lacking social protection policies. The persistence of the capitalist production mode requires this population contingent, which guarantees the low cost of workforce, a pillar of the economic development in Ceará.

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Published
2014-12-01
How to Cite
Garcia Filho, C., & Sampaio, J. (2014). Interfaces between history of violence and territory formation in Ceará, Brazil: an effort of synthesis and periodization. Saúde E Sociedade, 23(4), 1209-1221. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0104-12902014000400008
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