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 tells the story of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, an emblematic grassroots social movement of peasant farmers, victims of Colombia’s armed conflict, who unusually declared themselves ‘neutral’ in the region of Urabá, from the perspective of critical, post-modern politics and anthropology. Revealing hitherto unseen socio-economic dimensions of Colombia’s political struggles, it analyses the production of narratives as everyday cultural practices, co-existing with the practice of cacao-farming. Burnyeat identifies two narratives in the Community’s collective identity: one ‘radical’ - constituted by their ‘rupture’ with the Colombian state, creating an internal logic through which they interpret politics - and an ‘organic narrative’, according to which they perceive their relationship to their natural and social environments as symbiotic. Their ‘Alternative Community’ collective identity comprises a distinctive conception of grassroots peace-building. This study, centered on the Community’s socio-economic cacao-farming project, offers an innovative way of approaching victims’ organisations and grassroots social movements. It will become essential reading to Latin American ethnographers and historians, and 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
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
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Hardcover ca. $129.00
price for USA
  • Due: March 26, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-51477-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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
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