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Aquichan

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ARIAS-LOPEZ, Beatriz Elena. Daily Life and Armed Conflict in Colombia: Contributions to Creative Care Based on the Peasant Experience. Aquichan [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.2, pp.239-252. ISSN 1657-5997.  http://dx.doi.org/10.5294/aqui.2015.15.2.8.

Objective: Describe how the prolonged armed conflict came about and changed daily life for a group of peasant families and how events involving political violence are perceived and tied in with relations between family members and neighbors and with the course of personal life. Materials and Methods: This is a case study done in San Francisco, in eastern Antioquia (Colombia). It combines elements of the ethnographic and biographical method. Findings: Everyday peasant life, the scenario for personal and social reproduction, is shaped by the accustomedness that comes with a prolonged armed conflict and the surprises imposed by its dynamics, which means people must reinvent their lives on a daily basis. Suffering is more a function of the particular meaning assigned to events, than generalizations of the official chronology of the conflict. Conclusion: The change in everyday peasant life is influenced by endogenous ways of dealing with what is foreign, new and unknown, so as to give it a place, to assign new meaning to the experience, and to continue to build a life in interaction with others. This is a process to permanently reinvent time, space and micro-social relations on the part of those concerned, who are crucial to generating creative and unique mental health care.

Keywords : Nursing care; mental health; life-changing events; rural population.

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