Studies of the Americas

Chocolate, Politics and Peace-Building

An Ethnography of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, Colombia

Authors: Burnyeat, Gwen

  • Provides a fresh perspective on a grassroots community that has been both glorified and condemned by human rights activists and academia
  • Focuses on an area that has experienced extreme levels of violence - over 60 years of war, where a number of different peace-building initiatives have failed to produce desired results
  • Speaks through the voice of someone who is closely familiar with this community, the author having done extensive field research there, focusing on the socio-political reality on the ground and the creative coping mechanisms that different communities have developed 
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About this book

This book examines the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, in the conflict zone of Urabá, Colombia, from the perspective of critical, post-modern politics and anthropology. Telling the story of an emblematic grassroots social movement, it reveals hitherto unseen socio-economic dimensions to national political struggles. Proposing a methodology of ethnographic con-textualisation, the book reveals two narratives which co-exist in the Community’s collective identity: a ‘radical narrative’ constituted via their ‘rupture’ with the state, creating an internal logic through which they interpret politics; and an ‘organic narrative’ shaped by their relationship to the environment and their organisational processes, associated with a concept of ‘alternative’ community. This study, centred on cacao and the Community’s socio-economic project, offers an innovative way of looking at victim organisations and grassroots social movements. It will become essential reading not only to Latin American ethnographers and historians, but to all interested in conflict resolution and transitional justice.

About the authors

Gwen Burnyeat is a Wolfson PhD Scholar reading Anthropology at University College London, UK. She has worked in Colombia for seven years, has a Masters from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia where she also lectured in Political Anthropology, and her prize-winning ethnographic documentary ‘Chocolate of Peace’ was released in 2016 (www.chocolateofpeace.com). 

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-51478-9
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Hardcover ca. $129.00
price for USA
  • Due: January 26, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-51477-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chocolate, Politics and Peace-Building
Book Subtitle
An Ethnography of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, Colombia
Authors
Series Title
Studies of the Americas
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51478-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-51477-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 illustrations in colour
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