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HUMAN RIGHTS QUARTERLY Reconstructing Masculinities The Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration of Former Combatants in Colombia Kimberly Theidon Abstract A key component of peace processes and post conflict reconstruction is the disarmament demobilization and reintegration DDR of ex combatants I argue that DDR programs imply multiple transitions from the combatants who lay down their weapons to the governments that seek an end to armed conflict to the communities that receive or reject these demobilized Kimberly Theidon is a medical anthropologist focusing on Latin America Her research interests include political violence forms and theories of subjectivity transitional justice and human rights From 2001 2003 she directed a research project on community mental health reparations and the micro politics of reconciliation with the Ayacuchan office of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission A book based upon this research Intimate Enemies Violence and Reconciliation in Peru is forthcoming with Stanford University Press Dr Theidon is currently conducting research in Colombia and Ecuador on two interrelated themes the causes and consequences of populations in displacement refuge and return with a particular interest in the role of humanitarian organizations in zones of armed conflict and the demobilization and reintegration process in Colombia She is the director of Praxis An Institute for Social Justice and is an assistant professor of Anthropology at Harvard University I thank the John D and Catherine T Macarthur Foundation the International Center for Transitional Justice and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs for the funding that has made possible my research in Colombia I benefited from comments I received on a draft of this article during the Transitional Justice and DDR meeting hosted by the ICTJ 22 23 May 2007 I particularly thank Marcelo Fabre Ana Patel and Pablo de Grieff for their insightful suggestions Additionally I thank my

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