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1st Edition

Witnessing Peace
Becoming Agents Under Duress in Colombia

ISBN 9781032197432
Published July 21, 2022 by Routledge
274 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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