Citizens’ Media against Armed Conflict

Citizens’ Media against Armed Conflict: Disrupting Violence in Colombia

CLEMENCIA RODRÍGUEZ
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 344
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5749/j.cttttvhc
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    Citizens’ Media against Armed Conflict
    Book Description:

    For two years, Clemencia Rodríguez did fieldwork in regions of Colombia where leftist guerillas, right-wing paramilitary groups, the army, and drug traffickers made their presence felt in the lives of unarmed civilians. Here, Rodríguez tells the story of how these civilians use community radio, television, video, digital photography, and the Internet to shield their communities from armed violence’s negative impacts.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-7838-9
    Subjects: Anthropology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[viii])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [ix]-[x])
  3. LIFE AT THE CROSSFIRE: An Introduction to Colombia’s Violence and Its Context
    (pp. 1-36)

    Armed guerrillas, paramilitaries, and other groups storm and terrorize small towns isolated by Colombia’s impossible geography with a frequency that has granted a perverse everyday-life feeling to such violence over the course of the country’s forty-year armed conflict. The scene is well known in Colombia. The armed ones (los armados) cut off the electricity and dozens, sometimes hundreds, of armed men and women invade a town. In the case of guerrilla assaults, sparsely staffed police stations attempt to repel the attacks. Paramilitary groups operate differently; they enter civilian communities, list in hand, privileging selective assassinations over military attacks.

    How do...

  4. 1 DRUGS, VIOLENCE, AND THE MEDIA OF THE PEOPLE IN THE COLOMBIAN AMAZON
    (pp. 37-84)

    It is June 1976. I am sixteen years old and a school friend invites me to come along on her family’s holiday trip to Caquetá, in southern Colombia. On a warm afternoon, visiting the municipality of Montañita, we walk along a wide pasture, behind a guy who’s showing us around. We visit the ruins of what used to be a huge hacienda mansion called Larandia. The house, or what remains of it, is a very large, typical Spanish white adobe building with a beautiful red clay tile roof overgrown with lichen and moss. The terracotta forms intricate patterns and landscapes...

  5. 2 NATION BUILDING, ONE VOICE AT A TIME: Citizens’ Communication in Montes de María
    (pp. 85-132)

    As my plane descends from the Andean city of Bogotá (the capital of Colombia) I can see the geography change below me. The steep mountains and narrow canyons become the vast savannas of the Colombian Caribbean. I am flying to Cartagena, and from there I will travel to the region known as Montes de María.¹ It’s 2004, and for months I have attempted this field trip, but the situation of unrest kept me from making the trip until now. Things seem to have calmed down, at least for a while. My destination is the Colectivo de Comunicaciones de Montes de...

  6. 3 RADIO, RESISTANCE, AND WAR IN MAGDALENA MEDIO
    (pp. 133-180)

    I seek shelter from the sun under the yellow umbrella of an orange juice vendor in Cerro Burgos, a small river port in Magdalena Medio. It is late 2005, and I wait for achalupa(small passenger motor boat) to take me to Gamarra, where I am about to start my return to Bogotá. The juice vendor has arranged a bench and some plastic chairs around his juice-making cart in order to attract customers. I order a fresh-squeezed orange juice and sit on the bench, surrounded by several other sweaty juice drinkers. I sip on my refreshing drink and eavesdrop...

  7. 4 MEDIA PIONEERS RESPOND TO ARMED CONFLICT
    (pp. 181-230)

    Every morning in Bogotá after sending my daughter to school, I take a taxi through the crowded streets. I ask the driver to take La Circunvalar, a narrow avenue that, perched on the city’s eastern Andean mountains, circumnavigates the worst traffic with a series of brutal curves. Toward the end of the dizzying journey, we go down Eleventh Street at the height of Egipto, one of Bogotá’s oldest neighborhoods, with quaint tiny colonial houses and cobbled streets. Coming down from Egipto always feels like going down a rollercoaster, and every day I hope the taxi has good brakes. I get...

  8. 5 THE DOING IS EVERYTHING! Toward a Theory of Citizens’ Media in Contexts of War
    (pp. 231-266)

    In October of 2008 I was invited to present my work at a seminar on media and violence in Hermosillo, Sonora, a northern Mexican state on the border with the United States. I still cringe at the memory of what I witnessed on the second day of the seminar, when a human rights expert led a workshop among local reporters and media producers. During the three-hour workshop, she went through detailed explanations of all kinds of legislative tools, procedures, and institutions available to confront the rising violence against journalists and media practitioners in Mexico. Participants asked numerous questions about how...

  9. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. 267-270)
  10. ABBREVIATIONS
    (pp. 271-274)
  11. NOTES
    (pp. 275-290)
  12. BIBLIOGRAPHY
    (pp. 291-310)
  13. INDEX
    (pp. 311-328)
  14. Back Matter
    (pp. 329-329)