Saberes expertos sobre la violencia en Colombia. El caso de la violentología ...

Saberes expertos sobre la violencia en Colombia. El caso de la violentología ...

Instituto de Ciencias

Saberes expertos sobre la violencia en Colombia. El caso de la violentología (1982-2002)

This paper tackles the processes of genesis and establishment of a field of expert knowledge on the violence in Colombia from 1982 to 2002, from a perspective that articulates three issues: First, the consolidation of violence as an object of study for social sciences and a foundational object for a new field of knowledge known as ‘violentology’; second, the formation and practice of a group of academic intellectuals who turned into experts: ‘violentologists’; and, third, the generation of expert knowledge, i.e., the production of diagnostics and operational recommendations for government action, as well as the production of emblematic discourses about violence that will define the phenomenon in the different time frames: past, present, and future
From this analysis, we can conclude that ‘violentology’, as expert knowledge, intervened over violence articulating the sphere of knowledge with the sphere of power by mobilizing formal resources and devices; that is, knowledge, diagnostics and recommendations techniques, use of the mass media, political relations, etc., which allowed the experts to move simultaneously across the political, academic, and media spheres with the objective of building an emblematic and durable narrative framework on violence that would respond to the social and political needs during that period of time.

 

 

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