Paper short abstract:
Based on an ethnographic research within the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee on Paedophilia, in the Brazilian Federal Senate, and the Federal Police Division to combat the "cyber crimes", the paper analyses how 'paedophilia' is constructed as a political cause and a criminal case.
Paper long abstract:
Based on an ethnographic research carried out both within the committee set up in the Brazilian Federal Senate to investigate "paedophilia on the internet", known as "CPI da Pedofilia" and the Federal Police Division to combat the "cyber crimes", the article analyses how "paedophilia" is constructed as a political and criminal "issue". An attempt is made to compare the strategies used by the political sphere and in the police investigations, focusing on the construction and development of the denunciation in the production of the "cause", as well as on the public involvement (Boltanski - "La Dénonciation" and "La suffrance a distance").
Attention is drawn to the fact that in contrast with the importance of the expression of emotions and suffering for the construction of paedophilia as a political "cause", police investigations need to renounce emotion in order to analyze the facts and identify the culprit.
Violence, personhood and emotions