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The “waiting” in Colombia’s displaced population. A way of suffering and social dominance

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Diego Meza ,

Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana (Roma), IT
About Diego
Doctorando en Ciencias Sociales, Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana. Licenciatura en Ciencias Sociales, mención sociología y bachillerato en Ciencias Sociales, Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana. Licenciatura en Ciencias Religiosas y Ética de la Fundación Universitaria Juan de Castellanos. Líneas de investigación: biopolítica, gobierno humanitario, desplazamiento interno en Colombia y sociología de las creencias, con una atención especial en el catolicismo.
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Alessandra Ciurlo

Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana (Roma), IT
About Alessandra

Doctora en Ciencias Sociales, Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana; Máster en Procesos Migratorios, LUMSA-SIMI; Licenciada en Sociología, Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana. Docente de Investigación Social; Ética de las políticas migratorias - Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana. Docente de Historia de las Relaciones Euro-Latinoamericanas - Sapienza Università di Roma. Ha trabajado proyectando y realizando estudios sobre el fenómeno migratorio, así como también ha asesorado diversos proyectos de asociaciones de migrantes en Italia. Líneas de investigación: migraciones latinoamericanas hacia Europa e Italia, migración colombiana, con una atención especial en la participación femenina y las cuestiones de género, población exiliada colombiana y sus procesos de participación política.

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Abstract

Internal forced displacement in Colombia is a complex and dramatic phenomenon due to the dimensions it has: the heterogeneity of the people affected, its multiple causes and perpetrators, the persistence of displacement processes, the high level of impunity, and the insufficient response of the State. This article focuses on the displaced people as a violated and vulnerable population that "awaits" for State intervention. From the waiting arises an unbalanced relationship between the State and the displaced population, one of creditor/user, in which the waiting operates as a source of social suffering and it is a form of domination of the State over the displaced people. The analysis of some features of waiting and its implications in the life of the displaced population presents the development of a process in which the objective conditions and circumstances of the lived tragedy become a subjective subjection. This leads to the depoliticization of internal forced displacement and the fact that the victims are reduced to passive actors who must wait patiently for the help of the State to obtain solutions to their vulnerable condition.

How to Cite: Meza, D. and Ciurlo, A., 2019. The “waiting” in Colombia’s displaced population. A way of suffering and social dominance. Digithum, (23). DOI: http://doi.org/10.7238/d.v0i23.3151
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Published on 05 Jun 2019.
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