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Author Nugent, David, author.

Title The encrypted state : delusion and displacement in the Peruvian Andes / David Nugent
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2019]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 287 pages)
Contents Sacropolitics -- The descent into madness -- The consolidation of casta rule -- Being (and seeing) like a state -- Divided elite and disordered state -- The sacropolitics of military conscription -- The sacropolitics of labor conscription -- Glimpses of danger and subversion
Summary Why do seemingly rational states become paranoid and delusional? The encrypted state engages in a close analysis of political disorder to better understand political stability. David Nugent focuses on a crisis of rule in twentieth-century Peru, when officials believed they had lost the ability to govern and communicated in secret code to protect themselves from imaginary subversives. The encrypted state employs the notion of sacropolitics - the politics of mass group sacrifice - to make sense of this plague of dark fantasies. Nugent explores the role of state structures and everyday cultural practices in generating state delusion. He also investigates the part affect and imagination play in producing government paranoia. This book sheds important new light on the forces that variously promote or undermine organized political subjection
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-278) and index
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Subject Odría, Manuel A. (Manuel Arturo), 1897-1974
Odría, Manuel A. (Manuel Arturo), 1897-1974.
Partido Aprista Peruano -- History -- 20th century
Partido Aprista Peruano.
Dictatorship -- Peru -- History -- 20th century
Legitimacy of governments -- Peru -- History -- 20th century
Political stability -- Peru -- History -- 20th century
HISTORY -- Latin America -- South America.
Legitimacy of governments.
Political stability.
Politics and government.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- General.
Amazonas (Peru) -- Politics and government -- 20th century
Peru -- Politics and government -- 1919-1968.
Peru -- Amazonas.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1503609723