Democracy and Displacement in Colombia's Civil War (Hardback)Abbey Steele (author)
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Democracy and Displacement in Colombia's Civil War is one of few books available in English to provide an overview of the Colombian civil war and drug war. Abbey Steele draws on her own original field research as well as on Colombian scholars' work in Spanish to provide an expansive view of the country's political conflicts. Steele shows how political reforms in the context of Colombia's ongoing civil war produced unexpected, dramatic consequences: democratic elections revealed Colombian citizens' political loyalties and allowed counterinsurgent armed groups to implement political cleansing against civilians perceived as loyal to insurgents.
Combining evidence collected from remote archives, more than two hundred interviews, and quantitative data from the government's displacement registry, Steele connects Colombia's political development and the course of its civil war to purposeful displacement. By introducing the concepts of collective targeting and political cleansing, Steele extends what we already know about patterns of ethnic cleansing to cases where expulsion of civilians from their communities is based on nonethnic traits.
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 34 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
"Democracy and Displacement in Colombia's Civil War offers novel and important research on how and why violence is deployed during civil wars. This book is an important contribution to the study of civil wars, displacement, Colombia, and democratization."-- Winifred Tate, author of Drugs, Thugs and Diplomats
"Democracy and Displacement in Colombia's Civil War has all of the hallmarks of a classic work on forced migration and Colombian politics. It is a pleasure to read, well argued, and carefully researched."-- Idean Salehyan, author of Rebels without Borders
"Democracy and Displacement in Colombia's Civil War could be hastily summarized as well-written, detailed, and carefully crafted research on Colombia's civil war and the consequences for internal displacement. However, Steele's work far exceeds mere navel-gazing at the bloody and fascinating politics of Colombia, offering a richness and depth that should interest not only scholars of contentious politics but the policy makers tasked with taking action."* The Journal of Politics *
"Steele (Univ. of Amsterdam, the Netherlands) examines the relationship between elections and displacement in Colombia. She expertly draws together her fieldwork in Apartado with quantitative study of election data across Colombia.... This work will become essential reading for academics and practitioners interested in Colombia or the broader thematic areas of irregular warfare and insurgency, forced migration, and conflict and democratization."* Choice *
"Abbey Steele has written an amazing, disturbing book with implications for conflicts far beyond Colombia. I thank her for writing it."-- Phil Klay, National Book Award-winning author of Redeployment
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