Community of Peace: Performing Geographies of Ecological Dignity in Colombia [Hardback]

Christopher Courtheyn (Author)

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ISBN: 9780822947141 | Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press | Series: Pitt Latin American Series | Year of Publication: 2022 | Language: English 304p, H229 x W152 (mm)




Community of Peace

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Achieving peace is often thought about in terms of military operations or state negotiations. Yet, it also happens at the grassroots level where communities envision and create peace on their own. The San José de Apartadó Peace Community of small-scale farmers has not waited for a top-down peace treaty. Instead, they have actively resisted forced displacement and co-optation by guerrillas, army soldiers, and paramilitaries for two decades in Colombia’s war-torn Urabá region. Based on ethnographic action research over a twelve-year period, Christopher Courtheyn illuminates the community’s understandings of peace and territorial practices against ongoing assassinations and forced displacement. San José’s peace through autonomy reflects an alternative to traditional modes of politics practiced through electoral representation and armed struggle. Courtheyn explores the meaning of peace and territory, while also interrogating the role of race in Colombia’s war and the relationship between memory and peace. Amid the widespread violence of today’s global crisis, Community of Peace illustrates San José’s rupture from the logics of colonialism and capitalism through the construction of political solidarity and communal peace.

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