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The Encrypted State

9781503609037: Hardback
Release Date: 13th August 2019

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 320

Edition: 1st Edition

Stanford University Press

The Encrypted State

Delusion and Displacement in the Peruvian Andes

Hardback / £54.00
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What happens when the state starts bending facts or imagines illusory opposition parties? A work of historical and political anthropology, The Encrypted State closely examines political crisis in order to further understand the notion of political stability. It does so by focusing on an agrarian region and administrative department in the northern Peruvian Andes during the struggling dictatorship of General Odria (1948-1956). Using an in-depth analysis of state-level paranoia, lies, and deflection in mid-century Peru, David Nugent argues that the state is always a mask, and those who seek a successful hold to political power are able to normalize and legitimize their rule. Combining archival and ethnographic research, Nugent raises new questions about state formation in the grip of crisis, and what we can learn from states that fail to normalize and legitimize their rule.

David Nugent is Professor of Anthropology at Emory University. His previous books include Locating Capital in Time and Space (SUP, 2002) and Modernity at the Edge of Empire (SUP, 1997).