Frontier Road uses the history of one road in southern Colombia known locally as the trampoline of death to demonstrate how state-building processes and practices have depended on the production and maintenance of frontiers as inclusive-exclusive zones, often through violent means.
Considers the topic from multiple perspectives, including ethnography of the state, the dynamics of frontiers, and the nature of postcolonial power, space, and violence
Draws attention to the political, environmental, and racial dynamics involved in the history and development of transport infrastructure in the Amazon region
Examines the violence that has sustained the state through time and space, as well as the ways in which ordinary people have made sense of and contested that violence in everyday life
Incorporates a broad range of engaging sources, such as missionary and government archives, travel writing, and oral histories
Simon Uribe is Assistant Professor in the Institute of Regional Studies, University of Antioquia.
Series Editors Preface viii Acknowledgements ix Introduction 1 Part I 19 1 Reyes dream 21 2 A Titans work 62 3 Fray Fidel de Montclar s deed 92 Part II 141 4 The trampoline of death 143 5 On the illegibility effects of state practices 182 6 The politics of the displaced 211 Conclusion: The condition of frontier 240 References 248 Index 264