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Internal Diaspora and State Imagination: Colombia's Failure to Envision a Nation

Santiago Villaveces-Izquierdo

in Categories and Contexts

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270576
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600883 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199270570.003.0009

Series: International Studies in Demography

Internal Diaspora and State Imagination: Colombia's Failure to Envision a Nation

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The increasing intensification of Colombia's internal wars since 1990 has exacted a heavy toll in uprooting large segments of the country's rural population. As of 2002, it was estimated that 2.9 million Colombians (of a total of 42 million) had become internally displaced. The lack of census variables that capture the dynamics and impact of such dramatic demographic flux has produced a statistical conundrum that hides the crisis from policy‐making spheres as well as from political debates, creating an ‘official invisibility’. Explores the way in which an official ‘narrative’ can obliterate the political standing of the forms of ‘otherness’ that it creates through such state classificatory devices as the census, vital statistics, laws, and maps.

Keywords: census; Colombia; internally displaced population; invisibility; official narratives; otherness; state

Chapter.  6394 words. 

Subjects: History of Economic Thought

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