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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 Labor Conscription

The Sacropolitics of Labor Conscription

(p.193) 7 The Sacropolitics of Labor Conscription
The Encrypted State

David Nugent

Stanford University Press

This chapter analyzes the authorities’ mounting difficulties in conscripting the population for public works—a second “routine” activity they had previously undertaken with great success. The chapter shows the delusional nature of government plans, and how delusion was represented as rationality and routine. The chapter also explores officials’ confusion about their inability to carry out the ordinary, everyday task of conscription, and their sense that what had formerly seemed ordinary was anything but that. Chapter Eight 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:   labor conscription, elite competition, class deformation, hauntings, standard deviations

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