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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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Conclusion The Alchemy of Torture and Execution

Conclusion The Alchemy of Torture and Execution

Transforming Ordinary Men into Violence Workers

(p.232) Conclusion The Alchemy of Torture and Execution
Violence Workers

Martha K. Hugginsv

Mika Haritos-Fatouros

Philip G. Zimbardo

University of California Press

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on police torturers and murderers in Brazil. The results indicate that the Brazilian atrocity is connected to the social-psychological literatures about authority and obedience. The findings also suggest that this connection is in turn linked to questions about how relatively ordinary men in a variety of historical and social contexts have become perpetrators of unspeakable horrors in their roles as violence workers.

Keywords:   police torturers, police murderers, Brazil, Brazilian atrocity, authority, obedience, violence workers

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