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Afrodescendant Resistance to Deracination in Colombia

Massacre at Bellavista-Bojayá-Chocó

  • Fills a gap in the literature addressing the 2002 massacre at Bellavista-Bojayá-Chocó


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Aurora Vergara-Figueroa
    Pages 1-26
  3. Aurora Vergara-Figueroa
    Pages 53-68
  4. Aurora Vergara-Figueroa
    Pages 69-80
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 91-123

About this book


This book provides a socio-historical analysis of the 2002 massacre at Bellavista-Bojayá-Chocó, Colombia. The author examines how the concepts of forced displacement and migration could be formulas for historical erasure. These concepts are used to name populations, such as the survivors of this massacre, and are limited in their ability to contribute to the demands for reparation of the affected populations. Instead, based on an ethnographic study of the pain and suffering generated in the survivors, the book proposes the concept of deracination as a tool to study land dispossession. It captures both the complex local specificities, the global linkages of this phenomenon and the strategies of resistance used by the people of this community to channel what seems as an impossible mourning. 


Afro-Colombian Exclusion Forced migration Diaspora Bella Vista Identity Displacement Land dispossession longue dureé deracination Socio-historical analysis Territorialization Bellavista Atrato River Region Erasure latin american politics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesUniversidad IcesiCali, Valle del CaucaColombia

About the authors

Aurora Vergara-Figueroa is Assistant Professor and Director of the Afrodiasporic Studies Center (CEAF) at Icesi University, Colombia

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