Becoming Citizens: Loss and Desire in the Social Reintegration of Guerrilla Ex-Combatants in Colombia

Part of the Contemporary Performance InterActions book series (CPI)


Drawing on Giorgio Agamben’s understanding of desire, and Peter Homans’ concept of symbolic loss, in this chapter I describe ex-combatants’ affective cycles triggered by promises of new beginnings, and how these cycles are also performative citizenships subject to shifting ideological interpretations of political activism, solidarity, belonging and social justice. Drawing on a series of in-depth interviews conducted with ex-combatants of guerrilla organisations, this chapter explores the relationship between citizenship and belonging as an affective one (see Shirin Rai in this volume) as seen through enactments of dissident and civilian citizenships.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of WarwickCoventryUK

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