Rural Colombia: The Architecture of State-Sponsored Violence and New Power Configurations
Luis van Isschot. (2018) Rural Colombia: The Architecture of State-Sponsored Violence and New Power Configurations. In: North L., Clark T. (eds) Dominant Elites in Latin America. Latin American Political Economy. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
Peace talks between the Colombian government and leftist guerrillas unfolded after 2012 against the backdrop of rapid and violent capitalist expansion. The conflict, which can be dated to the 1940s, was fought mainly in rural areas where government agents, security forces personnel, paramilitary organizations, and regional elites pursued policies of armed colonization, massively displacing rural communities. In response, peasant movements made claims on the state, and denounced the violence. Focusing on two regions, Antioquia and the Magdalena Medio, special attention is paid to new export-oriented local elite configurations.
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