The Frontier Effect: State Formation and Violence in Colombia (Hardcover)

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The Frontier Effect: State Formation and Violence in Colombia (Hardcover)

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In The Frontier Effect, Teo Ballv challenges the notion that in Urab , Colombia, the cause of the region's violent history and unruly contemporary condition is the absence of the state. Although he takes this locally oft-repeated claim seriously, he demonstrates that Urab is more than a case of Hobbesian political disorder.

Through his insightful exploration of war, paramilitary organizations, grassroots support and resistance, and drug-related violence, Ballv argues that Urab , rather than existing in statelessness, has actually been an intense and persistent site of state-building projects. Indeed, these projects have thrust together an unlikely gathering of guerilla groups, drug-trafficking paramilitaries, military strategists, technocratic planners, local politicians, and development experts each seeking to give concrete coherence to the inherently unwieldy abstraction of the state in a space in which it supposedly does not exist. By untangling this odd mix, Ballv reveals how Colombia's violent conflicts have produced surprisingly coherent and resilient, if not at all benevolent, regimes of rule.

Product Details ISBN: 9781501747533
ISBN-10: 1501747533
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication Date: March 15th, 2020
Pages: 228
Language: English