In/security in Colombia

Writing political identities in the Democratic Security Policy

By Josefina A. Echavarría

In/security in Colombia
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  • ISBN: 9780719079856
  • Publish Date: Jul 2010
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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  • Publish Date: Jul 2013
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    Based on geo- and biopolitical analyses, this book reconsiders how security policies and practices legitimate state and non-state violence in the Colombian conflict.

    Using the case study of the official Democratic Security Policy (DSP), Echavarría examines how security discourses write the political identities of state, self and others. She claims that the DSP delimits politics, the political, and the imaginaries of peace and war through conditioning the possibilities for identity formation.

    In/security in Colombia offers an innovative application of a large theoretical framework on the performative character of security discourses and furthers a nuanced understanding of the security problematique in a postcolonial setting. This wide-reaching study will benefit students, scholars and policy-makers in the fields of security, peace and conflict, and Latin American issues.


    Echavarría presents an important analysis of the discourse / consequences associated with the democratic security policy..."

    "... it succeeds in showing how the Uribe administration used its power to establish new boundaries for Colombian security policy.


    List of tables
    1. An overview of the Colombian context
    2. Theorising security discourses
    3. The end of peace and the beginning of In/security
    4. Identity categories constructed and produced by the Democratic Security Policy
    5. Resistance and peaces
    6. Final remarks: in/security, peaces, identities and politics


    Josefina A. Echavarría is Lecturer in Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck and in Latin American Studies at the University of Vienna

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