Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Book Launch: Democracy and Displacement in Colombia’s Civil War by Abbey Steele

With Andrea Ruggeri and Juan Masullo

14Mar2018 16:00 - 17:30

Event

Political Science at the UvA invites you to the book launch of 'Democracy and Displacement in Colombia's Civil War' by Abbey Steele, with comments by the author, Andrea Ruggeri (University of Oxford) and Juan Masullo (Bremen International Graduate School of Social Science) and followed by drinks.

Book Description

'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.

Location

Political Science Common Room: B9.22
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, 1018 WV Amsterdam, Netherlands

Published by  AISSR