‘Displacement’ before displacement: time, place and the case of rural Urabá

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    Abstract

    Addressing the case of a community from rural Urabá, Colombia, this article focuses on the temporality of population displacement and asks: when does the ‘clock’ of displacement start? Drawing upon an in-depth ethnographic fieldwork it challenges the state driven narrative that displacement can be understood from the moment one leaves their residence and advances the argument that displacement is more than just physical relocation. By engaging with the broader social, political and economic context in which displacement occurred and bringing local voices to the fore, this article demonstrates how the experience of violence engendered a sense of displacement before residents actually left.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)367-390
    JournalJournal of Latin American Studies
    Volume48
    Issue number2
    Early online date2 Dec 2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2016

    Keywords

    • displacement
    • sense of place
    • temporality
    • IDPs
    • Urabá
    • Colombia

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