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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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SOUSA, Analicia Martins de. Laws in (with) name of victims: the enlargement of the police state and the production of subjectivities in the contemporaneity. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.17, n.3, pp. 951-969. ISSN 1808-4281.

In the last years, a series of events conveyed by the national media has given a certain prominence to the victims. One of the results of this in the country has been the elaboration and approval of federal laws in favor of the victims and others named after them. Taking this into consideration, the objective was to investigate the nexus between events with victims that had extensive repercussion in the media and the elaboration of laws that honor them in Brazil. In order to do so, Michel Foucault's theoretical-methodological approach was examined to justify proposals for laws in the Federal Chamber of Deputies and others already enacted that were named victims. It was noted that the valorization and projection of the latter in the national context have become forms of expansion of the scope of the police state, sometimes translated into the intensification of criminal law. Besides, they contribute to the production of subjectivities that perceive themselves as victims, identifying themselves with those who are honored by  laws and, thus, cry for state protection.

Keywords : laws; victims; punishment; State police.

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