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The Genealogy of the Rupture 1997–2005

  • Gwen Burnyeat
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Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)

Abstract

Drawing on Community members’ testimonies, and documents from the personal archives of Jesuit priest Javier Giraldo, this chapter describes the Community’s ‘rupture’ with the state and their development of four demands they require before resuming dialogue with it. This history includes ruptures with the military and the justice system, massacres in La Unión (2000), Mulatos and La Resbalosa (2005), interventions by the Inter-American Human Rights System, and the intrusive building of the San José police station causing the Community to abandon their town. Drawing on anthropology of the state, it shows that via encounters with state actors, which include direct violence and bureaucratic inefficiency, the ‘radical narrative’ is constituted: a historically-produced interpretative framework according to which the Community perceives the Colombian state.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gwen Burnyeat
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  1. 1.University College LondonLondonUK

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