Secret and Insular Worlds of Serial Torturers and Executioners

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:
Secret and Insular Worlds of Serial Torturers and Executioners

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This chapter examines the interaction among secrecy, occupational insularity, organizational fragmentation, and personal isolation that shaped and facilitated serial torture and execution in Brazil, looking at the structural and interactional factors which molded relatively ordinary Brazilian police into serial atrocity perpetrators. It investigates the entry of several Brazilian policemen into specialized police organizations, social control units, or informal death squads to determine the actual processes that explain the connection between membership in one of these agencies and the perpetration of regular and systematic atrocities.

Keywords: secrecy; occupational insularity; organizational fragmentation; personal isolation; serial torture; execution; Brazil; policemen; systematic atrocity

Chapter.  12240 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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