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In/security in ColombiaWriting Political Identities in the Democratic Security Policy$
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Josefina A. Echavarria

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079856

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079856.001.0001

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Identity categories constructed and produced by the Democratic Security Policy

Identity categories constructed and produced by the Democratic Security Policy

(p.122) 4 Identity categories constructed and produced by the Democratic Security Policy
In/security in Colombia

Josefina Echavarria A.

Manchester University Press

This chapter reviews the discursive effects that the Democratic Security Policy (DSP) has on the construction and production of political identities. It investigates the discursive formations which characterise ‘state’, ‘nationals’ and ‘others’, and the material practices that hail collective subjects to adopt those specific subject positions. By spreading in/security practices throughout society, the DSP discloses how the power of in/security is a force that mobilises and produces. It became the instrument that enabled the exceptionality of war to become the normalcy of politics. It is shown that peace appears to be a derivative of security. Since Colombia appears to be a democratic nation under the threat of terrorism, peace and politics have to be sacrificed until security is achieved. A secure peace is one of the effects of the logic of in/security depicted in the DSP.

Keywords:   Democratic Security Policy, political identities, state, nationals, peace, Colombia

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