Beyond the illusion of peace in colombia: Articulation of local voices against narrative violence

Gabriel Alberto Ruiz-Romero, Beatriz E. Múnera Barbosa, J. Ignacio G. Iñaki Chaves

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Introduction. The degradation of the Colombian armed conflict has resulted in a war against society in which the different actors who drive it have acquired military capabilities to the same extent that they have distanced themselves from political and social ideals. Approach. The ending of the armed conflict and the attainment of stable peace has remained, for decades, an unrealised dream for the Colombian people, contributing to a simplification and closure of the conflict narrative. Results. The political and social debate around the plebiscite regarding the process of peace between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia showed that the representatives accepted and reproduced only the narratives reinforcing their own approaches. Discussion and conclusions. The narrative from communities that have been direct victims of the armed conflict serve to document their experience in regard to suffering and the ways in which they have faced the effects of violence. Narrating on behalf of themselves and others represents an act that allows them to become political subjects who claim their right to be seen and heard.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1204-1218
Number of pages15
JournalRevista Latina de Comunicacion Social
StatePublished - 2019


  • Colombia
  • Conflict Narratives
  • Narrative Violence
  • Narratives of Peace
  • Peace Process


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