Law in a Lawless Land - Diary of a Limpieza in Colombia / Edition 1

Law in a Lawless Land - Diary of a Limpieza in Colombia / Edition 1

by Michael Taussig
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226790142

ISBN-13: 9780226790145

Pub. Date: 11/15/2005

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

A modern nation in a state of total disorder, Colombia is an international flashpoint—wracked by more than half a century of civil war, political conflict, and drug-trade related violence—despite a multibillion dollar American commitment that makes it the third-largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid.

Law in a Lawless Land offers a rare and

Overview

A modern nation in a state of total disorder, Colombia is an international flashpoint—wracked by more than half a century of civil war, political conflict, and drug-trade related violence—despite a multibillion dollar American commitment that makes it the third-largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid.

Law in a Lawless Land offers a rare and penetrating insight into the nature of Colombia's present peril. In a nuanced account of the human consequences of a disintegrating state, anthropologist Michael Taussig chronicles two weeks in a small town in Colombia's Cauca Valley taken over by paramilitaries that brazenly assassinate adolescent gang members. Armed with automatic weapons and computer-generated lists of names and photographs, the paramilitaries have the tacit support of the police and even many of the desperate townspeople, who are seeking any solution to the crushing uncertainty of violence in their lives. Concentrating on everyday experience, Taussig forces readers to confront a kind of terror to which they have become numb and complacent.

"If you want to know what it is like to live in a country where the state has disintegrated, this moving book by an anthropologist well known for his writings on murderous Colombia will tell you."—Eric Hobsbawm

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226790145
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/15/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
222
Sales rank:
1,229,292
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note
The First Week
May 5
May 6
May 7
May 8
May 9
May 10
May 11
May 12
May 13
The Second Week
May 21
May 22
May 23
May 24
May 25
May 26
May 27
Postscript, New York
A View from the Outside
Notes
Acknowledgments

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