Law in a Lawless Land

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A modern nation in a state of total disorder, Colombia is an international flashpoint—wracked by more than half a century of civil war, political conflict, and drug-trade related violence—despite a multibillion dollar American commitme...

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Michael Taussig is professor of anthropology at Columbia University and the author ofShamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man and My Cocaine Museum, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
A modern nation in a state of total disorder, Colombia is an international flashpoint—wracked by more than half a century of civil war, political conflict, and drug-trade related violence—despite a multibillion dollar American commitment that makes it the third-largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid.

Law in a Lawless Land offers a rare and penetrating insight into the nature of Colombia`s present peril. In a nuanced account of the human consequences of a disintegrating state, anthropologist Michael Taussig chronicles two weeks in a small town in Colombia`s Cauca Valley taken over by paramilitaries that brazenly assassinate adolescent gang members. Armed with automatic weapons and computer-generated lists of names and photographs, the paramilitaries have the tacit support of the police and even many of the desperate townspeople, who are seeking any solution to the crushing uncertainty of violence in their lives. Concentrating on everyday experience, Taussig forces readers to confront a kind of terror to which they have become numb and complacent.

"If you want to know what it is like to live in a country where the state has disintegrated, this moving book by an anthropologist well known for his writings on murderous Colombia will tell you."—Eric Hobsbawm

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Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
ISBN 9780226790145
Genre LAW / Reference
Format Paperback
Pages 208
Publisher Date 2005-11-15 00:00:00.0
Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Copyright Year 2003
Height 7.75 in
Wdth 5.0 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 0.55 lb
Language English
Subtitle Diary of a Limpieza in Columbia
Audience College/higher education
Authors Taussig, Michael

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