Mattresses, folders and internally displaced persons: towards an anthropology of “failure” Public Deposited

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  • Aparicio, Juan Ricardo
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
  • The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) problem area emerged as an international concern for institutions, goverments and communities of experts in the mid 1990s. In the following pages, I historicize both the conditons of possibility and actualization of the IDPs by linking this formation to a set events necessary for its appearance both as an object of knowledge and intervention during the years of 1992-1998. I analyze how this ensemble of discourses was introduced in Colombia in 1995, how they have operated through institutional interventions, and what have been their side-effects. In my conclusions, I discuss how these practices are also part of the present neoliberal govermentality by which caring for and protecting specific communities are both understood under specific rationalities. I end by suggesting that both social movements and grassroots organizations are precisely resisting these rationalities through the defense of local and collective ethical projects.
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