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Primitive Accumulation of Political Capital
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology. Kulturantropologi.
2006 (English)In: One Market, Many Economies? Exploring the Contemporary Relevance of Economic Anthropology: Workshop at the annual conference of SANT - Sveriges Antropologförbund, Stockholm University 24 – 26 March, 2006, 2006Conference paper (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

This essay analyzes violence perpetrated by paramilitaries in Putumayo, Colombia, as instrumental to the same armed group’s establishment and maintenance of control over the production of cocaine. It is suggested that paramilitary terror has taken a particularly prolonged form in this region due to a need to accumulate and preserve political power rather than, as in other regions in Colombia, do ‘social cleansing’ or evict peasants from their land. By taking Marx concept of primitive accumulation as point of departure for a reinterpretation of Bourdieu’s notion of political capital, it is suggested that the last six years of terror in Putumayo and the parallel changes in relations of production in the cocaine economy in the region can be accounted for as accumulation and conservation of symbolic power instrumental and continuously employed to regulation of the cocaine trade.

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Violence, Political economy, Primitive accumulation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-21217OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-21217DiVA: diva2:48990
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