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Latin America Series #48: Blood and Capital: The Paramilitarization of Colombia

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In Blood and Capital:  The Paramilitarization of Colombia, Jasmin Hristov examines the complexities, dynamics, and contradictions of present-day armed conflict in Colombia. She conducts an in-depth inquiry into the restructuring of the state’s coercive apparatus and the phenomenon of paramilitarism by looking at its military, political, and legal dimensions. Hristov demonstrates how various interrelated forms of violence by state forces, paramilitary groups, and organized crime are instrumental to the processes of capital accumulation by the local elite as well as the exercise of political power by foreign enterprises. Issues of forced displacement, proletarianization of peasants, concentration of landownership, growth in urban and rural poverty, and human rights violations are viewed in relation to the use of legal means and extralegal armed force by local dominant groups and foreign companies to advance their economic interests.

After documenting the penetration of major state institutions by right-wing armed groups and the persistence of human rights violations against social movements and sectors of the low-income population, Blood and Capital raises crucial questions about the promised dismantling of paramilitarism and the validity of the so-called demobilization of paramilitary groups, both of which have been widely considered by North American and some European governments as proof of current Colombian president Álvaro Uribe’s advances in the wars on terror and drugs.

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This work examines the role of violence in the Colombian political economy, stressing the inseparability of economic interests and political matters through discussing the material motivations guiding the organized use of armed force and the coercive and militaristic practices used to facilitate market-oriented policies that exacerbate patterns of unequal wealth distribution. Major themes include continuity and change in the forms of violence and the centrality of the state in generating and maintaining conditions conducive to violence and repression. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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In Blood and Capital:  The Paramilitarization of Colombia, Jasmin Hristov examines the complexities, dynamics, and contradictions of present-day armed conflict in Colombia. She conducts an in-depth inquiry into the restructuring of the state’s coercive apparatus and the phenomenon of paramilitarism by looking at its military, political, and legal dimensions. Hristov demonstrates how various interrelated forms of violence by state forces, paramilitary groups, and organized crime are instrumental to the processes of capital accumulation by the local elite as well as the exercise of political power by foreign enterprises. After documenting the penetration of major state institutions by right-wing armed groups and the persistence of human rights violations against social movements and sectors of the low-income population, Blood and Capital raises crucial questions about the promised dismantling of paramilitarism and the validity of the so-called demobilization of paramilitary groups.

About the Author

Jasmin Hristov is an advanced PhD candidate in sociology at York University, Toronto. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, Journal of Peasant Studies, Social Justice, and Latin American Perspectives.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780896802674
Author:
Hristov, Jasmin
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Subject:
International Relations - Arms Control
Subject:
Arms Control
Subject:
Colombia
Subject:
Torture
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Paramilitary forces -- Colombia.
Subject:
Torture -- Colombia.
Subject:
Human rights -- Colombia.
Subject:
Colombia Politics and government 1974-
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Ohio RIS Latin America Series
Series Volume:
48
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
illus.
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 in

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
History and Social Science » Latin America » Colombia
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » South America
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Cytology and Cell Biology

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In Blood and Capital:  The Paramilitarization of Colombia, Jasmin Hristov examines the complexities, dynamics, and contradictions of present-day armed conflict in Colombia. She conducts an in-depth inquiry into the restructuring of the state’s coercive apparatus and the phenomenon of paramilitarism by looking at its military, political, and legal dimensions. Hristov demonstrates how various interrelated forms of violence by state forces, paramilitary groups, and organized crime are instrumental to the processes of capital accumulation by the local elite as well as the exercise of political power by foreign enterprises. After documenting the penetration of major state institutions by right-wing armed groups and the persistence of human rights violations against social movements and sectors of the low-income population, Blood and Capital raises crucial questions about the promised dismantling of paramilitarism and the validity of the so-called demobilization of paramilitary groups.

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