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Subaltern Strategies of Citizenship and Soldiering in Colombia's Civil Wars

James E. Sanders

in Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034874
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038438 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034874.003.0002
Subaltern Strategies of Citizenship and Soldiering in Colombia's Civil Wars

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This chapter explores why Afro- and Indigenous Colombians' experiences with soldiering and civil war differed so much in the Cauca region of southwestern Colombia, one of the relatively few regions of Latin America where large numbers of both Indians and people of African descent lived in close proximity. It proposes that Afro-Colombians embraced military service as a way to claim citizenship and increase their political voice as members of the Colombian Liberal Party. Saddled with a colonial identity marked by slavery and the lack of a public voice, and with few historical claims to the new republican nation in the form of past rights, privileges, or resources, Afro-Colombians saw military service in the defense of the Liberal Party as a path to citizenship.

Keywords: Afro-Colombians; civil war; Cauca; soldiering; Liberal Party; citizenship

Chapter.  7535 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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