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Emotional Legacies of War among Former Colombian Paramilitaries

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abstract 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.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords ex-combatants, Colombia, emotional legacies, peacebuilding, grounded theory
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 11-2012
journal Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology
publisher American Psychological Association (Washington DC)
ISSN 1078-1919
ISSN (online) 1532-7949
DOI 10.1037/a0030327
volume of journal 18
number of issue 04
page(s) 369-383
review not reviewed
   
profile area SHSS - Kulturen, Institutionen, Märkte (KIM)
citation Nussio, E. (2012). Emotional Legacies of War among Former Colombian Paramilitaries. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 18(04), 369-383, DOI:10.1037/a0030327.