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ERIC Number: EJ1000319
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0160-7561
Memory, Reality, and Ethnography in a Colombian War Zone: Towards a Social Phenomenology of Collective Remembrance
Haymes, Stephen Nathan
Philosophical Studies in Education, v43 p138-151 2012
This paper considers phenomenology as a philosophical framework from which to understand the moral experience of collective memory. As a philosophical approach to human reality, phenomenology contributes insight into the connection between the experiential grounding of collective memory and the reality of the social world. The inspiration for exploring these connections is related to the author's ongoing ethnographic fieldwork in Colombia, South America, which began in 2007 and continues to the present. As part of this research, the author has had extended visits to Afrodescendent rainforest peasant river communities in the Cacarica, Jiguaminando, and Curvarado river basin areas of the Atrato River on the northwestern region of Pacific coast, near the Colombia-Panama border. In 1997, the paramilitaries and government forces violently displaced these communities. Since the time of their forced removal, members of these communities, in an act of civil resistance, have returned and reclaimed their collectively titled ancestral territories now encompassed in the war zone. They have returned to their territories, declaring their land as humanitarian zones that are accompanied and protected by the "Comision Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz," the "Inter-American Court of Human Rights" (IACHR), and the "United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights" (UNHCHR). (Contains 33 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colombia