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Chocolate, Politics and Peace-Building : An Ethnography of the Peace Community of San José De

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This book tells the story of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, 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 Urabá. 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.

Number of Pages: 263
Genre: Political Science, Social Science
Series Title: Studies of the Americas
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: Gwen Burnyeat
Language: English
Street Date: January 23, 2018
TCIN: 52068271
UPC: 9783319514772
Item Number (DPCI): 248-40-7212
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