Three times at the square: Staging of a ceremony of statal public forgiveness due to the acts of paramilitary violence in Colombia

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© 2017, Asociacion de Antropologos Iberoamericanos en Red. All rights reserved. The acts of armed violence can pour a new sense over the spaces where a community build its social identity. In Nueva Venecia, a small pile-dwelling village in Magdalena (Colombia), three different armed actors (the guerrilla, the right-wing paramilitaries and the Public Force) gathered the local people, at three different times, on the same social space: the main square. In the first meeting, people was warned, by the first one of the three groups, about the possibility of a slaughter that could happen there. In the second occasion, local people was both victim and witness of the way that the second one carried it on. In the third meeting, the third group offered excuses for what happened. The paper analyses the way in which these three acts determined three marks of the continuum of violence over the local nodal space of memory. The article is organized around the last act, when national Army and Police representatives organized a public ceremony of forgiveness because of the paramilitary massacre. The study of such a ceremony shows it as a stage where agents of confronting memories are trying to achieve social legitimacy rather than a true act of symbolic reparation.
Idioma originalInglés estadounidense
Páginas (desde-hasta)9-30
Número de páginas22
PublicaciónAIBR Revista de Antropologia Iberoamericana
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 1 ene 2017

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