, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp 15–21

Development, Violence and the New Imperial Order

  • Arturo Escobar
Thematic Section

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.development.1100014

Cite this article as:
Escobar, A. Development (2004) 47: 15. doi:10.1057/palgrave.development.1100014


Arturo Escobar argues that violence is not only endemic but constitutive of development. He suggests that the level of violence is closely tied to a feature of modernity that has become so naturalized that it is no longer remarked upon and at times even celebrated: displacement. Indeed, modernity is essentially about displacement – conquering territories, uprooting peoples from place, restructuring spaces, such as creating plantations and urban sprawl or ghettoes. He uses his work on Colombia to illustrate his argument.


colombiadisplacementmodernitypost-modernitysocial fascismsolidarity

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