Conclusion The Alchemy of Torture and Execution

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:
Conclusion The Alchemy of Torture and Execution

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This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on police torturers and murderers in Brazil. The results indicate that the Brazilian atrocity is connected to the social-psychological literatures about authority and obedience. The findings also suggest that this connection is in turn linked to questions about how relatively ordinary men in a variety of historical and social contexts have become perpetrators of unspeakable horrors in their roles as violence workers.

Keywords: police torturers; police murderers; Brazil; Brazilian atrocity; authority; obedience; violence workers

Chapter.  14170 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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