Emotional Legacies of War among Former Colombian Paramilitaries

Item Type Journal paper

Drawing on 62 interviews with former members of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia), a right-wing paramilitary umbrella organization that fought against guerrilla groups and was involved in drug trafficking, I develop a model of the emotional legacies of war. The proposed model is critical to the understanding of ex-combatants' behavior in the context of postwar disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration. This study connects three related elements: ex-combatants' recollection of their initial reason for joining the war and their war experiences, their present perception of those reasons and experiences, and an emotional legacy tied to their perceptions. I have designated the emotional residue that emerges from the remembered past, including regret, pride, resentment, nostalgia, and tiredness of being at war, an emotional legacy. These emotional legacies connect ex-combatants' perception of their past with the present.

Authors Nussio, Enzo
Journal or Publication Title Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology
Language English
Keywords ex-combatants, Colombia, emotional legacies, peacebuilding, grounded theory
Subjects political science
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SHSS - Kulturen, Institutionen, Maerkte (KIM)
Refereed Yes
Date November 2012
Publisher Educational Publishing Foundation of the American Psychological Association
Place of Publication Washington DC
Volume 18
Number 4
Page Range 369-383
Number of Pages 15
ISSN 1078-1919
ISSN-Digital 1532-7949
Publisher DOI 10.1037/a0030327
Depositing User Dr. des. Enzo Nussio
Date Deposited 20 Nov 2012 16:30
Last Modified 08 Jun 2016 14:36
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/218019


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Nussio, Enzo (2012) Emotional Legacies of War among Former Colombian Paramilitaries. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 18 (4). 369-383. ISSN 1078-1919


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