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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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Moral Universes of Torturers and Murderers

Moral Universes of Torturers and Murderers

(p.192) Chapter 11 Moral Universes of Torturers and Murderers
Violence Workers

Martha K. Hugginsv

Mika Haritos-Fatouros

Philip G. Zimbardo

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on violence workers' retrospective social control moralities about their work. It explains that the moral universes of these workers were shaped during the military period by national security ideologies and then nurtured by occupational insularity and personal isolation. Thus, their moral universes have been restructured in the present to render atrocity justifications compatible with Brazil's postmilitary sociopolitical climate. The chapter identifies the strategies of violence workers for explaining and excusing atrocity. These include diffusing responsibility, blaming individuals, citing a just cause, and asserting that professionalism had correctly guided their and other's violence.

Keywords:   violence workers, social control moralities, moral universes, occupational insularity, personal isolation, Brazil

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