A Century of Violence in a Red City: Popular Struggle, Counterinsurgency, and Human Rights in Colombia

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In A Century of Violence in a Red City Lesley Gill provides insights into broad trends of global capitalist development, class disenfranchisement and dispossession, and the decline of progressive politics. Gill traces the rise and fall of the strong labor unions, neighborhood organizations, and working class of Barrancabermeja, Colombia, from their origins in the 1920s to their effective activism for agrarian reforms, labor rights, and social programs in the 1960s and 1970s. Like much of Colombia, Barrancabermeja came to be dominated by alliances of right-wing politicians, drug traffickers, foreign corporations, and paramilitary groups. These alliances reshaped the geography of power and gave rise to a pernicious form of armed neoliberalism. Their violent incursion into Barrancabermeja's civil society beginning in the 1980s decimated the city's social networks, destabilized life for its residents, and destroyed its working-class organizations. As a result, community leaders are now left clinging to the toothless discourse of human rights, which cannot effectively challenge the status quo. In this stark book, Gill captures the grim reality and precarious future of Barrancabermeja and other places ravaged by neoliberalism and violence.  

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Lesley Gill is Professor of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University and the author of The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas, also published by Duke University Press. 

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"Gill weaves together the historical development of the city’s power struggles and the devastation and suffering of the city, and boldly looks into the future. She presents a hauntingly honest assessment of past struggles and future opportunities. An invaluable addition to understanding Colombia and its social, political, and class struggles, as well as those of the region and the larger world. . . . Essential. All public and academic levels/libraries." (A. E. Leykam Choice 2016-10-01)

"Gill’s book will be a fundamental text for anyone interested in violence, politics, and the state in contemporary Latin America and for those seeking a model for doing and writing historical anthropology at its very finest." (Daniel M. Goldstein American Ethnologist 2016-12-01)

"Lesley Gill never loses sight of her focus on class as her principal analytical category. This is the book’s greatest contribution....She stresses the agency and resistance of trade unionists, activists, and city councilors despite relentless and violent political persecution." (María Clemencia Ramírez American Anthropologist 2016-12-01)

"Through ethnographic research and oral histories, Gill offers a nuanced portrait of right-wing paramilitary occupation of the city, highlighting divergent experiences and contradictory memories.... As an urban history spanning nearly a hundred years, A Century of Violence in a Red City thus illustrates how urban space is produced and configured through struggles over resources and power." (Emma Shaw Crane NACLA Report on the Americas 2016-07-11)

"Gill has made an incredibly complicated story accessible, interesting, and useful to anyone interested in understanding how the violent suppression of class and labour remains central to contemporary projects of rule. The story is as well told as it is tragic." (Teo Ballvé Bulletin of Latin American Research 2017-10-01)

"Gill’s book contributes importantly to a literature in both English and Spanish, in the United States and in Colombia, that queries the complex nature of the relationships between the legitimate state and the parastate, between the army and the paramilitaries, all in the context of a neoliberal economy in which illicit drug production and trafficking play a central role. She skillfully elaborates a great deal about what is going on all over Colombia through the lens of one particular city." (Les Field Journal of Anthropological Research 2017-06-01)

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