Blended 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:
Blended Masculinity

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This chapter describes violence workers in Brazil whose masculinity presentations were a combination of personalistic and institutional functionary masculinities, as well as a new synthesis of them. It investigates how the multiplicity of masculinities within Brazil's atrocity system functioned to obscure and legitimize official violence by structuring images of the state's relationship to it. The chapter explains that unlike the other two types of police, the central structural characteristic of those with blended masculinity is their ease of movement between formal and informal social control systems. They routinely carried out atrocities on duty as working cops, and off duty as paid rent-a-cops for businesses and as private vigilantes—whether as lone wolves or as part of a death squad.

Keywords: masculinity; violence workers; Brazil; atrocity system; social control systems; rent-a-cops; private vigilantes

Chapter.  6819 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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