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The Frontier Effect: State Formation and Violence in Colombia

Teo Ballvé


This book challenges the notion that in Urabá, Colombia, the cause of the region's violent history and unruly contemporary condition is the absence of the state. Although the book takes this locally oft-repeated claim seriously, it demonstrates that Urabá is more than a case of Hobbesian political disorder. Through this exploration of war, paramilitary organizations, grassroots support and resistance, and drug-related violence, the book argues that Urabá, rather than existing in statelessness, has actually been an intense and persistent site of state-building projects. Indeed, these projects h ... More

Keywords: Urabá, Colombia, political disorder, war, paramilitary organizations, drug-related violence, statelessness, state-building, guerilla groups, drug-trafficking paramilitaries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501747533
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501747533.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Teo Ballvé, author
Colgate University