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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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Biography Intersects History

Biography Intersects History

Chapter:
(p.63) Chapter 5 Biography Intersects History
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Violence Workers
Author(s):

Martha K. Hugginsv

Mika Haritos-Fatouros

Philip G. Zimbardo

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520234468.003.0006

This chapter lays out the historical foundation for understanding state-sponsored torture and murder in Brazil by weaving violence workers' biographies into the three decades of Brazilian history from 1964 to 1985, and considers the Brazilian atrocity within the political and social dynamics that nurtured, supported, and excused it. It suggests that some of the events which led to the development of atrocity include the experience of policing Brazil's military coup, the declaration of the military executive's right to rule without congressional consent in the 1960s, and political decompression.

Keywords:   state-sponsored torture, state-sponsored murder, Brazil, biographies, violence workers, social dynamics, Brazilian atrocity, military coup, political decompression

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