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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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Behind the Mask of the State

Behind the Mask of the State

(p.242) Conclusion Behind the Mask of the State
The Encrypted State

David Nugent

Stanford University Press

The Conclusion draws out the implications of the analysis for theories of sovereignty and state formation. The focus is on state ritual, bureaucratic and documentary practices that produce the illusion of ordinary, mundane rule, the mechanisms by which the delusional nature of state activity is rendered unremarkable, and the processes that undermine the effectiveness of these mechanisms. Central to the analysis is the notion of sacropolitics, a form of sovereignty that is based not on the management of life (biopolitics) or on the subjugation of life to death (necropolitics) but rather on the animation of life. Sacropolitics seeks to bring to life dead, dying or moribund social formations. It calls upon the entire population to engage in public performances of mass sacrifice, which are intended to help create new life worlds that can redeem poor countries from the profane state into which they have fallen.

Keywords:   state theory, sovereignty, sacropolitics, necropolitics, biopolitics, state of exception

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