Chocolate, Politics and Peace-Building : An Ethnography of the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado, Colombia, Hardback Book

Chocolate, Politics and Peace-Building : An Ethnography of the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado, Colombia Hardback

Part of the Studies of the Americas series

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This book tells the story of the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado, an emblematic grassroots social movement of peasant farmers, who unusually declared themselves 'neutral' to Colombia's internal armed conflict, in the north-west region of Uraba.

It reveals two core narratives in the Community's collective identity, which Burnyeat calls the 'radical' and the 'organic' narratives.

These refer to the historically-constituted interpretative frameworks according to which they perceive respectively the Colombian state, and their relationship with their natural and social environments.

Together, these two narratives form an 'Alternative Community' collective identity, comprising a distinctive conception of grassroots peace-building.

This study, centered on the Community's socio-economic cacao-farming project, offers an innovative way of approaching victims' organizations and social movements through critical, post-modern politics and anthropology.

It will become essential reading to Latin American ethnographers and historians, and all interested in conflict resolution and transitional justice. Read the author's blog drawing on the book here: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/latamcaribbean/2018/06/07/colombias-unsung-heroes/

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 263 pages, XXVIII, 263 p.
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
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  • Category: Peace studies & conflict resolution
  • ISBN: 9783319514772

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