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Democracy and Displacement in Colombia's Civil War

Abbey Steele


Civilian displacement is a regular, massive feature of civil war violence. This book provides a new way to think about displacement, by connecting it to how armed groups target violence against civilians, and how civilians respond. Individuals escape selective violence, civilians relocate together to avoid indiscriminate violence, and groups experience political cleansing following collective violence. Political cleansing is the expulsion of civilians from their communities based on a shared identity or trait. While it is difficult to detect civilians’ loyalties, the book shows that elections ... More

Keywords: displacement, Colombia, civil wars, democratization, ethnic cleansing, political cleansing, political violence, refugees, internally displaced people, collective targeting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501713736
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501713736.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abbey Steele, author
University of Amsterdam