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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 Sacropolitics of Military Conscription

The Sacropolitics of Military Conscription

6 The Sacropolitics of Military Conscription
The Encrypted State

David Nugent

Stanford University Press

This chapter analyzes the increasingly futile efforts of government officials to conscript the regional population into the armed forces—a mundane activity they had undertaken with ease during the reign of the castas. The chapter shows the delusional nature of government plans, and how delusion was (mis)-represented as rationality and routine. The chapter also explores the authorities’ growing confusion about their inability to conscript, and their sense that what had formerly seemed ordinary was anything but that. Chapter Seven also examines the explanations that government officials generated to explain their inability to carry out activities that had formerly been routine—in which their attribute their difficulties to a series of phantom figures that are said to haunt government efforts to rule.

Keywords:   military conscription, elite competition, class deformation, hauntings, standard deviations

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