The Double Bind of “Playing Double”: Passing and Identity among Ex-Combatants in Colombia

Drawing on ethnographic work conducted through the Colombian Agency for Reintegration, this work demonstrates how ex-combatants must “play double”: as repentant ex-combatants to the state and as “regular” citizens to civil society. These identity demands and performances undermine efforts to address the stigma and discrimination that they face post-demobilization.

The Double Bind of “Playing Double”: Passing and Identity among Ex-Combatants in Colombia