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Citizens' Media against Armed ConflictDisrupting Violence in Colombia$
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Clemencia Rodríguez

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665839

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665839.001.0001

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Life at the Crossfire

Life at the Crossfire

An Introduction to Colombia’s Violence and Its Context

(p.1) Life at the Crossfire
Citizens' Media against Armed Conflict

Clemencia Rodríguez

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter first sets out the book’s purpose, namely to explore how Colombian communities cornered by armed groups use media and information and communication technologies to buffer, answer, and in some cases resist the impact of armed violence. When grassroots communication media are deeply embedded in their communities, truly open to collective participation, and responsive to immediate and long-term local communication needs, they strengthen the agency of the community as it responds to armed violence. The chapter goes on to describe some of the contexts foregrounding Colombia’s armed conflict and their impact on the everyday lives of civilian communities in the places where the author conducted fieldwork on citizens’ media.

Keywords:   Colombia, guerillas, paramilitary groups, Columbian communities, communications, citizens’ media, armed violence, armed conflict

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