Authoritarianism, Social Dominance and Contesting Human Rights in Latin America


Latin American Research Review,23 de junio de 2020.


This article examines support for the restriction of human rights in Latin America,
arguing that rising crime rates and personal experience with crime are only part
of the story. Despite and emphasis on the protection of human rights in the aftermath
of military regimes and civil war in Latin America, some citizens contest the defense
of these rights across the region. Arguing that protection human rights only keeps
criminals out of jail, these citizens support policies and crime control measures
that violate the rights of criminal suspects and other marginalized gorups. Using
public opinion data, this article demonstrates a relationship between individuals`
worldviews and their attitudes toward the human rights abuses committed against
criminal suspects.

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