Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name



Liberal Studies


Victoria Sanford

Subject Categories

Latin American History | Political History


Political Violence, Forced Displacement, Historical Memory, Colombia, Latin America, History


This thesis is partly a study of the social and political territories that are generated by the displaced as responses to the warfare tactic of el destierro (displacement); and it is also an exploration of how the state operates at the intersection between its imagined centers and its margins. This thesis attempts to look at the state from its imagined margins and to explore how displacement, the regulation of the movement of specific bodies within and across specifically defined regions of Colombia, has been a fundamental practice for, and not against, the formation of the Colombian “state” as we see it today.



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