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The Persistence of Violence

Colombian Popular Culture

Toby Miller (author) Alfredo Sabbagh Fajardo (Contributions by)
Olga Lucia Sorzano (Contributions by)
Anamaria Tamayo Duque (Contributions by)
Marta Milena Barrios (Contributions by)
Jesús Arroyave Cabrera (Contributions by)

ISBN: 9781978817524

Publication Date: Jul 2020

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Gabriel Garcia Marquez deemed Colombians capable of both the most noble acts and the most abject ones. This book draws on those contradictions and paradoxes to look at how violence - and resistance to it - characterize Colombian popular culture, from football to soap opera to journalism to tourism to the environment.
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Colombia's headline story, about the peace process with guerrilla and its attendant controversies, does not consider the fundamental contradiction of a nation that spans generosity and violence, warmth and hatred-products of its particular pattern of invasion, dispossession, and enslavement. The Persistence of Violence fills that gap in understanding. Colombia is a place that is two countries in one - the ideal and the real - summed up in the idiomatic expression (not unique to Colombia, but particularly popular there) ‘Hecha la ley, hecha la trampa' [When you pass a law, you create a loophole]. Less cynically, and more poetically, the Nobel Laureate Gabriel GarcÍa MÁrquez deemed Colombians capable of both the most noble acts and the most abject ones, in a world where it seems anyone might do anything, from the beautiful to the horrendous.The Persistence of Violence draws on those contradictions and paradoxes to look at how violence - and resistance to it - characterize Colombian popular culture, from football to soap opera to journalism to tourism to the environment.
Illustrations 14 black & white images, 7 tables
Pages 232
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jul 2020
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Ball games   History of the Americas   International economics   Violence in society   Sociology: sport & leisure   Social & cultural anthropology  
Toby Miller is Stuart Hall Professor of Cultural Studies, Universidad AutÓnoma de MÉxico–Cuajimalpa. The author and editor of over forty books, his most recent volumes are El Trabajo Cultural (Gedisa, 2018), Greenwashing Culture (Routledge, 2018), Greenwashing Sport (Routledge, 2018), and The Routledge Companion to Global Cultural Policy (co-edited, 2018).

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