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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, who unusually declared themselves ‘neutral’ to Colombia’s internal armed conflict, in the north-west region of Urabá. It reveals two core narratives in the Community’s collective identity, which Burnyeat calls the ‘radical’ and the ‘organic’ narratives. These refer to the historically-constituted interpretative frameworks according to which they perceive respectively the Colombian state, and their relationship with their natural and social environments. Together, these two narratives form an ‘Alternative Community’ collective identity, comprising 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’ organizations and social movements through critical, post-modern politics and anthropology. It will become essential reading to Latin American ethnographers and historians, and all interested in conflict resolution and transitional justice.


Read the author's blog drawing on the book here: 

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/latamcaribbean/2018/06/07/colombias-unsung-heroes/

About the authors

Gwen Burnyeat is a Wolfson PhD Scholar in Anthropology at University College London, UK. She has worked in Colombia for eight years, has a Masters from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia where she also lectured in Political Anthropology, and her prize-winning documentary ‘Chocolate of Peace’ was released in 2016 (see http://chocolatedepaz.com/english for a trailer).

Reviews

“Wonderfully insightful and spiritually uplifting, this beautifully written book tells the amazing story of a Colombian rural community that, against all odds, has been able to carve out an autonomous space of peace in the midst of paramilitary, state, and guerrilla violations. Conceptually sophisticated and based on long-term ethnographic research, it evokes a better future for us all in these dark times.” (Michael Taussig, Class of 1933 Professor, Columbia University, USA)

“This is ethnography at its best. A non-extractive, participatory accompaniment of an extraordinary community, revealing the everyday costs and creativity behind the many struggles for peace in Colombia and their relationship to the formal peace process in Havana.” (Jenny Pearce, Latin America and Caribbean Centre, London School of Economics, UK)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Chocolate-Politics Continuum

    Burnyeat, Gwen

    Pages 1-35

  • The Roots: Of Cooperatives and Conflict

    Burnyeat, Gwen

    Pages 39-65

  • The Founding of the Peace Community

    Burnyeat, Gwen

    Pages 67-94

  • The Cultural Change of ‘Organisation’

    Burnyeat, Gwen

    Pages 95-109

  • The Genealogy of the Rupture 1997–2005

    Burnyeat, Gwen

    Pages 113-148

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-51478-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-51477-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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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
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51478-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-51477-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 263
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