Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Peter Van Arsdale, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Tracy Ehlers

Third Advisor

Claude d'Estree

Fourth Advisor

Christina Kreps


Collaborative Anthropology, Colombia, Displacement, Social Networks, Subaltern, Vulnerability


In April of 2008, the Colombian Constitutional Court issued a report based on women's testimonials that identified gender-specific risks associated with forced displacement as result of armed conflict. This study explores the coping strategies employed by Colombian women to address socio-economic vulnerability and improve living conditions during resettlement in Bogotá. Specifically, the research tracks the process of adaptation during the struggle to achieve economic stability. The findings suggest that a prevailing culture of fear influences multiple aspects of adjusting to the city and constricts the participants' access to new social networks. Lessons gathered from the participants using collaborative anthropological methods have important implications for aid donors who aim to support this vulnerable population. The study is timely because the Colombian government has made progressive attempts to support the internally displaced people, however there has been little qualitative research on the perception of this population, specifically mothers, as to whether this support is reaching them.

Publication Statement

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Rights Holder

Emily E. R. Braucher


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

259 p.


Cultural anthropology, International relations, Social structure