Chapter

Introduction

Martha K. Hugginsv, Mika Haritos-Fatouros and Philip G. Zimbardo

in Violence Workers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780520234468
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928916 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520234468.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter explains the theme and coverage of this book, which is about the role of policemen in Brazil as violence workers, torturers, and murderers, and explores how men from Brazil's two main police forces describe their careers, explain police behavior, and justify their violence. It investigates how they came to perpetrate atrocity and describes the personal consequences of their complicity with the official program of state-sponsored violence that they may have carried with them all these years.

Keywords: policemen; Brazil; violence workers; torturers; murderers; police behavior; state-sponsored violence

Chapter.  1570 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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