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close this bookThe Culture of Violence (UNU; 1994; 292 pages)
View the documentIntroduction
Open this folder and view contents1. Forms of violence and its transformation
Open this folder and view contents2. Rejoinder to the theory of structural violence
Open this folder and view contents3. Remythologizations of power and identity: Nationalism and violence in Sri Lanka
close this folder4. The impact of drug trafficking on Colombian culture
View the documentThe institutional vacuum
View the documentThe governmental vacuum
View the documentThe civil society vacuum
View the documentMedellín
View the documentSurvey of Medellín youth
View the documentThe economic vacuum
View the documentThe ethical vacuum
View the documentConclusions
Open this folder and view contents5. Ethnic violence: The case of Bolivia
Open this folder and view contents6. Violence and conflict resolution in Uganda
Open this folder and view contents7. Violence and the welfare state: The case of Venezuela as an oil country
Open this folder and view contents8. State terrorism and death squads in the New World Order
Open this folder and view contents9. Violence and culture in the United States
Open this folder and view contents10. Children in the city of violence: The case of Brazil
Open this folder and view contents11. Human rights and dictatorship: The case of Chile
View the documentContributors

4. The impact of drug trafficking on Colombian culture

Francisco J. de Roux, S.J.

This paper presents the following hypothesis. Drug trafficking appeared in Colombia at a time when the country faced an institutional vacuum in economic, governmental, social, and ethical matters. This vacuum made evident the existence of a cultural crisis. The most resounding proof of this crisis was the continuous and senseless destruction of human life in a way only comparable to the famous Época de la Violencia, or civil war, during the 1950s. Drug trafficking aggravated the cultural crisis, corrupting the state and the political and economic institutions of Colombia, and threatening society. Colombians have been looking for a solution to this situation, in an effort to restructure institutions.

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