PARAMILITARISM AND NEOLIBERALISM: Violent Systems of Capital Accumulation in Colombia and Beyond

‘Very few books are able to penetrate the labyrinth of political development in Colombia and uncover the roots of the violence that has dominated the history of Colombia. This book does so with surprising agility, solid research and clear language. A must read for all those concerned and interested in political developments in Latin America’– Henry Veltmeyer, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas

‘This is the first study to provide a theoretical understanding of paramilitary violence as an instrument of neoliberal globalization. Hristov writes with great clarity, passion, and commitment’ – William I. Robinson, Professor of Sociology, University of California at Santa Barbara, Author of Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity

‘An urgent and elegant indictment of the paramilitary-capital-state nexus in contemporary Colombia, unveiled with precision and a mastery of the facts– Jeffery R. Webber, Queen Mary University of London, author of Red October: Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia

“Hristov’s work is highly illuminating, impassioned and accessible….She provides an invaluable contribution to contemporary debates over neoliberalism and the centrality of the paramilitary to processes of violent capital accumulation across Latin America” (Arigho Stiles in RS21, 2014).

Hristov, J. (2014). Paramilitarism and Neoliberalism: Violent Systems of Capital Accumulation in Colombia and Beyond. London: Pluto Press.

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“Not merely an insightful backgrounder and a compelling account of contemporary events…One of its greater virtues is the manner and extent to which it demystifies, discredits and debunks the standard version of Colombia’s structural troubles” (Doughty in The Innovation Journal, 2010); “Copies of Blood and Capital certainly belong on the Prime Minister’s reading list” (Behrens in Quill and Quire, 2009).

Hristov, J. (2009). Blood and Capital: The Paramilitarization of Colombia. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press.