1st Edition

Witnessing Peace Becoming Agents Under Duress in Colombia

By Janna L. Hunter-Bowman Copyright 2022
    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book, rooted in the disciplines of theology and peace studies, reflects with and on war-affected communities in Colombia about transitioning from violence to peace. It argues that much that is significant for peace- building in situations of war escapes the notice of governments, human rights organizations, and academics because it is accomplished through a kind of agency they do not recognize. This book names that agency as constructive agency under duress and demonstrates its significance for peacebuilding by reflecting on a form that the author has seen operating in Colombia over nearly two decades.


    1 The making of duress

    2 Agents under duress and the frayed edges of human rights and post-structuralist alternatives

    3 Now time

    4 Gradual time

    5 State of change: Pauline principalities and powers as a model for a political theology of peacebuilding

    6 A nonviolent political theology of peacebuilding


    Janna L. Hunter-Bowman is Assistant Professor of Peace Studies and Christian Social Ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, USA.