1st Edition

Reterritorializing the Spaces of Violence in Colombia Collective Efforts

By Constanza López Baquero Copyright 2024
    182 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume examines how violence and resilience is experienced in urban spaces, and explores the history of a variety of people told from the perspective of the margins.

    Reterritorializing the Spaces of Violence in Colombia provides critical and empirical examples of individuals and groups who believe in their collective power, reject war and violence, and manifest their resistance through art and activism in ways that rethread the social fabric. This book is the result of extensive fieldwork conducted over ten years in Medellín and Bogotá and it brings into focus the ways that hip hop, poetry, urban art, and the creation of communities and shared experiences bring about new ways to dignify life and inhabit the city. It analyses the contemporary history of Colombia by drawing on the critical perspectives and tools of various disciplines. It also puts into dialogue the diverse and innovative scholarship from the North and the South that addresses inequality, violence, trauma and resilience. Most importantly, it focuses on the challenges that women and young people face today in situations of conflict and post-conflict.

    This book will be of interest for researchers and students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as readers interested in issues of human rights and the history of the Americas.

    1. Collective Efforts: Hip Hop Against the Conflict 2. Poetry of the Land: Shaping the Urban Spaces with Art, Hip Hop and Agriculture 3. City, Give Me Your Song!: Women Against Violence and Feminicide 4. Reworking the Trauma of the Capital in Film and Music 5. Creating Feminist and Depatriarchalized Spaces: Murals, Rap, and Ethics


    Constanza López Baquero is associate professor of Spanish at the University of North Florida. Her research interests include Latin American literatures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, women writers, autobiography and testimonio, gender and violence, film and documentary, human rights and activism, migrations, and hip hop and youth cultures. She is author of many publications including Trauma, memoria y cuerpo: El testimonio femenino en Colombia (2012)