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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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Deposing Atrocity and Managing Secrecy

Deposing Atrocity and Managing Secrecy

(p.45) Chapter 4 Deposing Atrocity and Managing Secrecy
Violence Workers

Martha K. Hugginsv

Mika Haritos-Fatouros

Philip G. Zimbardo

University of California Press

This chapter illustrates how secrecy simultaneously structured violence workers' disclosures about atrocity and shaped interviewers' understanding and subsequent presentation of their violence. It explains that the violence workers utilized entrusted disclosures of information to structure the interviewer's understanding of their testimony. The chapter suggests that documenting atrocity creates an interactive and self-reinforcing relationship between interviewer and interviewee that produces a jointly constructed memory.

Keywords:   secrecy, violence workers, atrocity, disclosures of information, self-reinforcing relationship, constructed memory

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