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Para-State : An Ethnography of Colombia's Death Squads (Hardcover) (Aldo Civico)

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Since its independence in the nineteenth century, the South American state of Colombia has been shaped by decades of bloody political violence. InThe Para-State, Aldo Civico draws on interviews with paramilitary death squads and drug lords to provide a cultural interpretation of the country’s history of violence and state control. Between 2003 and 2008, Civico gained unprecedented access to some of Colombia’s most notorious leaders of the death squads. He also conducted interviews with the victims of paramilitary’s violence, drug kingpins, and vocal public supporters of the paramilitary groups. Drawing on the work of Deleuze and Guattari, this riveting work demonstrates how the paramilitaries have in essence become the war machine deployed by the Colombian state to control and maintain its territory and political legitimacy.
Since its independence in the nineteenth century, the South American state of Colombia has been shaped by decades of bloody political violence. InThe Para-State, author Aldo Civico draws on interviews with paramilitary death squads and drug lords to provide a cultural interpretation of the country?s history of violence and state control. Between 2003 and 2008, Civico was given unprecedented access to some of Colombia?s most notorious leaders of the death squads whose words and life stories he chronicles. He also conducted interviews with the victims of paramilitary?s violence, drug kingpins, and vocal public supporters of the paramilitary groups. Drawing on the work of Deleuze and Guattari, this riveting work demonstrates how the paramilitaries have in essence become the war machine deployed by the Columbian state to control and maintain its territory and political legitimacy.
Number of Pages: 236
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Anthropology / Cultural, Sociology / General
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Author: Aldo Civico
Language: English
Street Date: November 24, 2015
TCIN: 31171392
UPC: 9780520288515
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-2532
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