Part of the tesis “The Nature of the Military Police: History and Ecology” (DE LIMA, 2017)
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“At one point I came to the intuition that collective positions such as those of the Brazilian Military Police, compelling their members to a gradual planning of mental attitudes and behavioral actions, so strong, irresolute and clearly obstinate, need a support of hidden contents of lots of power”.
As a voice, probably Jung’s or Gilbert Durand’s, I heard the guidance: “investigate the symbolic artifacts.”
Inspiration in the archaeological attempt of Foucault
In “The Archaeology of Knowledge”, Michel Foucault did an archeology, in which the artifacts are the speeches, amid the medical and inquisitorial accounts of the Church and jurisdictional and political authorities.
We propose an archeology of symbols, start with the visible artifacts of organizational culture so that in an exercise of hermeneutics we can see how much this reflects historically inherited institutional patterns and how much it is articulating the organization at its most subtle level.
The connections of the imaginary versus the historical institutional line
This imaginary course, deals with the direct link between the practices currently developed by the military police and the symbolic representations it displays. Such representations lead to regent mental images.
According to our systematization of Organizational Mental Ecology, these images are referenced from compound schemes that serve as anchoring structures in institutional psychodynamics. It is these anchoring structures, referred to here as mental models that are inherited by cultural reproduction.
The cultural inheritance, which operates on the plane of language, brings with it the numinous symbolic representations, as cultural artifacts, updated and re-signified.
1) Possible bases of the cohesion force of the confraternity of warriors, especially in the Mithraic-Roman inheritance.
2) The influence of the military police of the US Army in the formation of the Brazilian Military Police, preliminarily pointed out by the reproduction of emblems pesculiares.
3) The effects of the negative entropy of the collective mental system of the organizations of use of force, demonstrated by the study of the Corsaire-American inheritance, besides the Jewish-Kabbalistic. Supporting the studies on the Lucifer Effect of Philip Zimbardo.
4) And a confluence of these matrices, which invoke archetypes associated with gladiators; Roman soldiers; Egyptian, Nordic and Persian mythology; pirates, corsairs, vikings, “bandeirantes” (Portuguese explorers of the Brazilian colonial “far west”), among others.
How do these connections appear in the practice of police-military organizations?
Wagner Soares de Lima
Master in Human Ecology from the State University of Bahia
Specialist in Public Management from the Federal University of Alagoas
Graduated in Administration from the Federal University of Alagoas
Graduated in Public Security from the Military Police Academy of Alagoas
Manager of University Security at the Federal University of Pernambuco
Captain of the Alagoas Military Police Reserve