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Violence WorkersPolice Torturers and Murderers Reconstruct Brazilian Atrocities$
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Martha Huggins, Mika Haritos-Fatouros, and Philip Zimbardo

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520234468

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520234468.001.0001

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Secret and Insular Worlds of Serial Torturers and Executioners

Secret and Insular Worlds of Serial Torturers and Executioners

(p.161) Chapter 10 Secret and Insular Worlds of Serial Torturers and Executioners
Violence Workers

Martha K. Hugginsv

Mika Haritos-Fatouros

Philip G. Zimbardo

University of California Press

This chapter examines the interaction among secrecy, occupational insularity, organizational fragmentation, and personal isolation that shaped and facilitated serial torture and execution in Brazil, looking at the structural and interactional factors which molded relatively ordinary Brazilian police into serial atrocity perpetrators. It investigates the entry of several Brazilian policemen into specialized police organizations, social control units, or informal death squads to determine the actual processes that explain the connection between membership in one of these agencies and the perpetration of regular and systematic atrocities.

Keywords:   secrecy, occupational insularity, organizational fragmentation, personal isolation, serial torture, execution, Brazil, policemen, systematic atrocity

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