Bureaucratizing Masculinity

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:
Bureaucratizing Masculinity

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This chapter looks at the violence workers in Brazil who presented their masculinity as an extension of rational, bureaucratic police organization. It explains that these so-called institutional functionary police subordinated unprofessional feminine or masculine passions to a supposedly dispassionate internal security system and state. These violence workers are those men who entered policing after Brazil's military coup. The narratives of these Brazilian institutional functionaries make clear that they saw themselves first and foremost as members of a police organization, and machines which were subordinated to a larger social control system and state.

Keywords: violence workers; Brazil; masculinity; functionary police; police organization; social control system

Chapter.  6789 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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