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The Encrypted StateDelusion and Displacement in the Peruvian Andes$
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David Nugent

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781503609037

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503609037.001.0001

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The Descent into Madness

The Descent into Madness

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(p.50) 2 The Descent into Madness
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The Encrypted State
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David Nugent

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503609037.003.0003

This chapter offers an in-depth exploration of the crisis of rule that unfolded in the Chachapoyas region circa 1950. At this time officials came to believe that they were incapable of carrying out even the most basic of government functions. Furthermore, officials came to believe that their efforts to govern the region were being thwarted by APRA, the party they themselves had forced underground. In accounting for the failure of their own efforts to govern, officials attributed to APRA a subterranean party apparatus with all the powers of state that their own regime lacked. Indeed, the political authorities came to view their administration as a pale imitation of a sophisticated, complex state structure located somewhere deeply underground. They could not actually see the subterranean party state to which they attributed such power and influence. As a result, they were left to imagine the contours of their invisible enemy.

Keywords:   secrecy, state formation, APRA, Peru, crisis

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