Data for "Practices of Normalization of Political Violence at Volkswagen do Brasil during the Brazilian Civil-Military Dictatorship (1964-1985)" published by RAC - Revista de Administração Contemporânea

Published: 25 April 2024| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/sr6skdvfxz.1


Historical Organization Studies. The article's purpose is to investigate the practices of normalization of political violence committed by Volkswagen do Brasil (VWB) against its workers during the Brazilian military dictatorship (1964-1988), how they were configured, and how they were operationalized. The research corpus was composed of a set of public documents analyzed in an articulated method. They are from: - The Public Collections of the National Archives (AN) and the Public Archives of the State of São Paulo (APESP). - The Public Representation opened against the company Volkswagen do Brasil by the São Paulo Public Prosecutors Office. - The newspaper of the ABC Union - Tribuna Metalúrgica. - The VW Family magazine, published by the company Volkswagen do Brasil in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. - Newspaper public sources. These documents became sources based on the historical operation undertaken to contextualize and interpret the documents by the research objective. The records were analyzed in light of the analytical conceptual framework constructed, in principle, from historiography. Subsequently, the analytical framework was complemented with analytical categories from the field.


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- Public Archives of the State of São Paulo (APESP). Documents from the DEOPS Fund. Available at The collection contains approximately 3.5 million documents, 1,538,000 files, 149,917 medical records and 9,141 dossiers on people, political parties, companies and social movements of interest to the organs of repression. - National Archives: Documents from the Aeronautics Security Information Center (Fund: BR_DFANBSB_VAZ). Available at Documents from the National Information Service (SNI) (Fund: BR_DFANBSB_V8). Available at Documents from The Armed Forces General Staff (Fund: BR_DFANBSB_2M). Available at Documents from The Personal Office of the President of the Republic (Fund: BR_DFANBSB_JF). In the specific case of this research, Ernesto Beckmann Geisel's collection was consulted with information available between 1974 and 1979. Letters of thanks and reaffirmation of trust and cooperation sent by the global president of Volkswagen to the president of Brazil were researched. Large Press Archives. - The Periodicals Archives were consulted through the Hemeroteca Digital of the National Library. Available at


Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro


Documentary Analysis, Business History, Historical Analysis, Archival Research