6 January 2017

New publication: Tactics of the governed: figures of abandonment in Andean Peru

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Authors: Mattias Borg Rasmussen


Abandonment has become a performative idiom in Andean Peru, where it retains its purchase despite the investments of the state. Local development is tied to the desire to be governed. In spite of prolonged state presence, the villages’ relationship to authorities is continuously and persistently figured as one of abandonment: villages are abandoned because someone is deliberately holding them in such unfortunate conditions. To figure abandonment in village politics is to draw on this idiom as an effective means of both communicating the historical experience of governance and putting forward morally grounded claims to local authorities. The idiom of abandonment is therefore both effective and affective as a critique of governance and a claim to citizenship.
Original language English
Journal Journal of Latin American Studies
Number of pages 27
ISSN 0022-216X
State E-pub ahead of print - 24 Oct 2016