An Open Access edition of this book is available on the Liverpool University Press website and the OAPEN library as part of the Opening the Future project with COPIM. This book explores the pivotal role that football played as part of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ national unity project centred on the peace process with the FARC. Football has huge political and social capital in Latin America, and has often been rhetorically deployed by governments for various ends; rarely, however, has football’s power and potential been used in such a deliberate, strategic and active way towards a national peace process and targeted such enduring divisions that have historically impeded a sense of a united nation and national identity. Football in Colombia is understood popularly as one of the few things capable of uniting the country, a belief that Santos seized upon as the national team had a successful campaign in the 2014 World Cup. This first book on Colombian football in English explores previous iterations of football nationalism in the country, including the El Dorado and ‘Narcofootball’ eras, before analysing Santos’ three-pronged strategy empowering professional and amateur football, including the use of political speeches and Twitter, legislation and public policy, and Sport for Development and Peace campaigns, with a particular focus on football in the FARC demobilisation and reincorporation camps following the historic peace agreement.
Lonely Planet's Colombia is your most up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Wander through the bougainvillea-lined streets and magnificent squares of Cartagena's Old Town, hike through majestic tropical scenery on a walk to Ciudad Perdida, and learn salsa in Cali -all with your trusted travel companion.
From the colonial period through the mid-twentieth century, haciendas dominated the Latin American countryside. In the Ecuadorian Andes, Runa—Quichua-speaking indigenous people—worked on these large agrarian estates as virtual serfs. In Remembering the Hacienda: Religion, Authority, and Social Change in Highland Ecuador, Barry Lyons probes the workings of power on haciendas and explores the hacienda's contemporary legacy. Lyons lived for three years in a Runa village and conducted in-depth interviews with elderly former hacienda laborers. He combines their wrenching accounts with archival evidence to paint an astonishing portrait of daily life on haciendas. Lyons also develops an innovative analysis of hacienda discipline and authority relations. Remembering the Hacienda explains the role of religion as well as the reshaping of Runa culture and identity under the impact of land reform and liberation theology. This beautifully written book is a major contribution to the understanding of social control and domination. It will be valuable reading for a broad audience in anthropology, history, Latin American studies, and religious studies.
Brand new for 2015, The Rough Guide to Colombia provides in-depth, expert coverage of one of South America's fastest-growing destinations. Get the lowdown on street art in Bogotá and colonial architecture in Cartagena, stay on a working finca in the emerald green hills of the Zona Cafetera or hike through pristine jungle to reach a remote white sand beach in Tayrona National Park. Packed full of practical information on getting around and where to stay and eat, The Rough Guide to Colombia has more than 50 full-colour maps, along with suggested itineraries and regional highlights. The Rough Guide to Colombia authors have explored the mysterious tombs of Tierradentro, been white-water rafting in San Gil, trekked to Ciudad Perdida, the "lost city" of the Indigenous Tairona, and soaked up salsa in Cali and Barranquilla so you can too. Or follow in the footsteps of Gabriel García Márquez, dive in Caribbean reefs off Providencia and motor along jungle-smothered waterways in the Amazon. Make the most of your trip with The Rough Guide to Colombia.
If you're planning a trip to Colombia, you probably know already that guidebooks on this country have left a lot to be desired. Recognizing the need for a reliable travel guide to Colombia, V!VA sent a team of writers, and they came back with the best guidebook yet. From the pearl beaches of San Andrs Island and the emerald jungles of the Amazon to the stunning Guajira deserts and the enigmatic mangroves of the Pacific, this book offers information on all you need to know, including: * hotel, restaurant and activities listings for every budget; * shopping in markets and workshops for the nation's best artisan crafts; * coverage on almost two dozen National Parks Sanctuaries; * border crossing information, to Panam, Venezuela, Per, Brazil and Ecuador; * an extensive bibliography to keep informed and help make your journey safe. Whether for business, a family vacation or a gap-year adventure, V!VA Travel Guide to Colombia is the guidebook for all travelers.
Patricia Woodard had always wanted to live and work in a foreign country, but the dream seemed to be elusive. Then in the summer of 1975 while she was teaching summer school in her hometown of Whiteville, North Carolina, she received a telegram offering her a teaching position in Bogot, Colombia. Excited and stunned to finally be realizing her dream, she accepted the offer and set off for a year high on a plateau in the Andes Mountains. Several years later, she returned to Colombia, this time to teach in sunny Cali, and along the way realized she had fallen in love with the country and its people. Twice Colombia shares the realities of being an expatriate in a developing country during turbulent political times, and the pleasures of discovering a foreign culture. From the capital city of Bogot to the lively city of Cali, she not only embraced the country but eventually adopted a child there. Her excursions included a trip down the Amazon River, where she learned a novel way to open a bottle of wine, an Andean music festival featuring traditional music played on traditional instruments, indulgence in the succulent Colombian cuisine and weekends with Colombian friends who welcomed her unconditionally to their country. Throughout, she gives the reader a view of a country that few Americans have experienced firsthand.
By winning the 2019 Tour de France, Egan Bernal became the race's youngest champion in 110 years, and the first from the South American nation of Colombia. His victory brought decades of national yearning to fruition, and capped the achievements of a golden generation of Colombian cyclists. For, in the years before Egan's victory, Nairo Quintana won the Tours of Italy and Spain, even coming within 72 seconds of winning the Tour. Rigoberto Urán, Esteban Chaves, Miguel Ángel López and Fernando Gaviria took stage wins, donned leader's jerseys and made final podiums at cycling's greatest events. They, and other world-class Colombian talents, made their nation a cycling superpower. Yet its cycling sons are not the products of a rigorous sports system that nurtures them through the ranks to the pinnacle of globalised sport. They come from harder backgrounds, that surprise, shock - even, at times, enchant. The visibility they have secured their homeland has helped open it to international tourism and trade. After decades of violence, corruption and civil unrest, a new, revitalised Colombia has re-entered the community of nation, thanks to its cyclists. This book is about their lives and dreams: it tells inspiring stories of overcoming poverty and violence, sickness and corruption. It explores the unique sporting microcosm that lies behind Colombia's world-beating riders, and how their achievements spurred a nation to prosperity and peace.
From her personal diary as an eleven-year-old in a Catholic girl's school, in which she chastises herself for the sin of wearing a bathing suit, through erudite analysis of the patriarchal structures on which most world communities stand, Elena GarcZs examines culture, history, economics, law, and religion as they apply to her native Colombia. In so doing, she promotes ideas which demolish the 'forced enclosure' of women in that society. Eighteen Colombian women, selected at random from many regions and ethnicities, and from up and down the socioeconomic ladder, tell life stories almost universally tragic, regardless of the wealth, education, age, or status derived from positions held by their husbands. Their experiences, in particular the ways in which family and institutions are used against them, illustrate the feminist theories around which GarcZs shapes her arguments. This book will be ideal for undergraduate students of Women's Studies, Latin American Studies, Religion, and Sociology. It will also appeal to scholars interested in the welfare and development of women.