Paramilitarism and Neoliberalism
Violent Systems of Capital Accumulation in Colombia and Beyond
The activities of paramilitary groups in the postdemobilisation era, their involvement in human rights violations, and their multilevel support networks inside major state institutions are documented, with a particular emphasis on violent dispossession and illegal land appropriation that has benefited agroindustries and mining enterprises. Hristov engages in a Marxist political economy approach, combined with a global sociological perspective, allowing for an expansive and deep-reaching understanding of paramilitarism as a phenomenon with many faces, ultimately illustrating how it is increasingly becoming the coercive counterpart of global capital.
Jasmin Hristov is Assistant Professor, Department of History and Sociology, The University of British Columbia, Okanagan. She is the author of Blood and Capital: The Paramilitarisation of Colombia (Ohio, 2009) and Paramilitarism and Neoliberalism: Violent Systems of Capital Accumulation (Pluto, 2017). She has had her work featured in the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, the Journal of Peasant Studies, Social Justice, Latin American Perspectives, and Labour, Capital and Society.
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1. Introduction: The Spectre of Paramilitarism
2. Foundations for Theorizing Paramilitarism
3. From Colonialism to Neoliberalism: A History of Dispossession
4. Eight Years after the Demobilisation of the AUC: The Predatory State-Capital Alliance of Domination (2006–14)
5. Paramilitarism, Neoliberalism and Globalisation: Towards a New Analytical Framework
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