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The Encrypted State – Delusion and Displacement in the Peruvian Andes - Stanford Scholarship Online
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The Encrypted State: Delusion and Displacement in the Peruvian Andes

David Nugent


What is the state? How is it implicated in the reproduction of relations of domination? Theorists from Marx to Weber, from Durkheim to Gramsci, from Abrams to Foucault have pondered these questions. In The Encrypted State, anthropologist David Nugent sheds new light on these questions by focusing on disorder and delusion, rather than order and rationality. Nugent analyzes mid-century Peru, where the government experienced a crisis of rule. Officials believed that their efforts to govern were being systematically thwarted by an underground political party called APRA that remained largely invis ... More

Keywords: state, secrecy, sacrifice, sovereignty, biopolitics, necropolitics, state of exception, sacropolitics, Peru, APRA

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781503609037
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503609037.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Nugent, author
Emory University

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