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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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LOPEZ, Aristeo Santos. Violence at work: perspectives and current challenges. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2012, vol.12, n.1, pp. 61-72. ISSN 1984-6657.

The work collects reflections regarding the violence phenomenon and how it becomes part of everyday society. It is structured in three different parts: a) Everyday violence; b) Violence in organizations; and c) Self-violence. The idea is to share experiences from a Latin-American scenario where life is dominated, after the family, by the pride in having, at least, a job. As jobs are scarce, employment becomes a value and an indicator of future progress and family stability; it also turns into an object of desire for those who possess it. In this sense, work is where one coexists with daily sadomasochism, with bondage, sabotage, and torment, because this is where the relations of power and hierarchy are based. Thus, a person has power and authority over another and can abuse that power and authority in various ways, or can even unload personal or professional frustrations. All of this is localized in an historical context by a culture that imposes customs and values, creating an anthropology of the subject, and allowing or making it natural to live in such a manner. This reflection descends on the Mexican context and on a self-criticism of the culture and the enforced historical communication.

Palavras-chave : Violence; mobbing; daily life; power; culture.

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