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Chocolate, Politics and Peace-Building: An Ethnography of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, Colombia

Gwen Burnyeat
Format
Book
Published
Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]
Language
English
Series
Studies of the Americas
ISBN
9783319514772, 3319514776, 9783319514789 (PDF ebook)
Summary
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.
Contents
  • 1. Introduction: The chocolate-politics continuum
  • Part I. Origins. 2. The roots : of cooperatives and conflict ; 3. The founding of the Peace Community ; 4. The cultural change of 'organisation'
  • Part II. The radical narrative. 5. The geneaology of the rupture 1997-2005 ; 6. Differentiating between Santos and Uribe
  • Part III. The organic narrative. 7. Practices of production ; 8. The elements of the organic narrative ; 9. Conclusion: An 'alternative community' as positive peace-building?
Description
xxviii, 263 pages ; 22 cm.
Notes
  • "This Palgrave Macmillan imprint is published by Springer Nature"--Title page verso.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
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