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Para-State: An Ethnography of Colombia's Death Squads

Aldo Civico


Since its independence in the nineteenth century, the South American state of Colombia has been shaped by decades of bloody political violence. In The Para-State, author Aldo Civico draws on interviews with paramilitary death squads and drug lords to provide a cultural interpretation of the country’s history of violence and state control. Between 2003 and 2008, Civico was given unprecedented access to some of Colombia’s most notorious leaders of the death squads, whose words and life stories he chronicles. He also conducted interviews with the victims of paramilitary’s violence, with drug king ... More

Keywords: Colombia, paramilitary, political violence, drug trafficking, death squads

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520288515
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288515.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aldo Civico, author
Rutgers University