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The Persistence of Violence: Colombian Popular Culture
by Toby Miller
contributions by Alfredo Sabbagh Fajardo, Olga Lucia Sorzano, Anamaria Tamayo Duque, Marta Milena Barrios and Jesús Arroyave Cabrera
Rutgers University Press, 2020
Cloth: 978-1-9788-1752-4 | Paper: 978-1-9788-1751-7 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-1753-1
Library of Congress Classification F2279

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.
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