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Social Impact of Coca Crops in Colombia.: From socio-territorial processes to new social configurations: the role of land tenure, armed conflict, environment and coca crops.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper explores alterations in social dynamics caused by coca crops in Curvaradó and Jiguamiandó, at Choco department in the Colombian Pacific region. The research analyzes the role of armed actors such as paramilitaries and guerrillas in the conformation of new social spaces where local people find resistance as the main tool to survive in chaotic environments. Local power as a politics of resistance is also analyzed. Non-governmental organizations are a key tool to comprehend new social configurations. By doing the analysis and comparison using political ecology as the theoretical background along with concepts of moral economy and everyday resistance, with qualitative research methods. The paper aims to interpret and provide a better understanding of those changes considering social-environmental relations. Findings suggest that those changes in social structure are leading to an understanding, not just of the organization of the area, but also that social dynamics and coca crops cannot be generalized in the country. 

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2016. , 64 p.
Keyword [en]
Coca crops, Land grabbing, Pacific region, social impact, political ecology.
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Social Sciences Social and Economic Geography Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-131347OAI: diva2:937960
Available from: 2016-06-27 Created: 2016-06-16 Last updated: 2016-06-27Bibliographically approved

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