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  • Between Rationality and Intuition: A Social Psychology Approach to Ex-combatant Children in Colombia

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    Throughout its history, Colombia has been marked by different forms of violence. The involvement of children as soldiers is a phenomenon that recurs across generations. This article asks how the methodology governing social interventions should be...

    Jimenez Caballero, C

    IDS Bulletin, 40(3), 2009.

    Throughout its history, Colombia has been marked by different forms of violence. The involvement of children as soldiers is a phenomenon that recurs across generations. This article asks how the methodology governing social interventions should be designed so that it becomes possible to interrupt the circuits that lead to the intergenerational reproduction of violence. It reports on a human rights training aimed at children who are no longer active participants in Colombia’s armed conflict. The project incorporated an educational approach and a social psychology focus which, taken together, were able to make progress towards overcoming the effects of violence. The article seeks to show the importance of intuition and the coming together of different areas of knowledge in the educational and social psychology models the project employed. A strong focus on active therapeutic listening has been particularly important.
  • Methodological Dilemmas: Researching Violent Young Men in Medellin, Colombia

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    This article highlights the main methodological problems and solutions encountered while researching violent young men in the marginalised north-eastern area of Medellín, Colombia. Using ethnographic methods, the research investigated how violen...

    Baird, A

    IDS Bulletin, 40 (3), 2009.

    This article highlights the main methodological problems and solutions encountered while researching violent young men in the marginalised north-eastern area of Medellín, Colombia. Using ethnographic methods, the research investigated how violent behaviour may be inherited, and its relationship to masculinities and youth. It asked how violence is transmitted to young men in both domestic and social spaces, and evaluated the relationship between marginalisation and social violence. Little has been written about how researchers can access violent actors who are reluctant to come forward or tell the truth, nor the ethical issues that arise when researching violent subjects in conflict contexts. This article explains how dangers were dealt with, but also how problems ofaccessing violent actors were overcome, and considers the ethical dilemmas.
  • Violence, Power and Participation: Building Citizenship in Contexts of Chronic Violence

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    This paper explores how meaningful citizenship can be constructed in contexts of chronic violence, using data from a field study of CSOs in Colombia and Guatemala. It explores whether and how CSOs work on as well as in violence. Building citizensh...

    Pearce, J

    IDS Working Paper 274, 2007.

    This paper explores how meaningful citizenship can be constructed in contexts of chronic violence, using data from a field study of CSOs in Colombia and Guatemala. It explores whether and how CSOs work on as well as in violence. Building citizenship in chronic violence contexts, it argues, requires simultaneous attention to citizenship and to violence so that the intergenerational transmission of violence can be interrupted as well as rights embedded in social consciousness and practice.

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