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How the Past was UsedHistorical cultures, c. 750-2000$
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Peter Lambert and Björn Weiler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266120

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266120.001.0001

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La Rosca de Investigación y Acción Social

La Rosca de Investigación y Acción Social

Reimagining History as Collaborative Exchange in 1970s Colombia

(p.231) 10. La Rosca de Investigación y Acción Social
How the Past was Used

Joanne Rappaport

British Academy

This chapter focuses on La Rosca de Investigación y Acción Social, an organisation that functioned in the early 1970s in various locations in Colombia, its purpose to cooperate with indigenous and peasant organisations in the reconstruction of memory and the reintroduction of practices and institutions that would strengthen resistance to large landowners and the state. In particular, the chapter explores La Rosca’s work with the National Association of Peasant Users (ANUC) in the Caribbean coastal region. looking at: (1) how historical material was collected and the role of the different parties in the research process, (2) the process of interpretation of this historical material and the role of ‘science’ as it was articulated by the external researchers, (3) the methodologies employed in the writing/setting on paper in visual or written form of these interpretations, and (4) the life-spans and political trajectories of the results.

Keywords:   La Rosca de Investigación y Acción Social, Colombia, peasant organisations, reconstruction of memory, historical material, political trajectories

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