Magic of the State, The by Michael Taussig

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How are the dead harnessed for the authority of the modern state?

Enter the ethnographically surreal work located in a fictive Latin American country... focuses on the theatre of spirit possession at a Spirit Queen's enchanted mountain where the dead -- Blacks and Indians, Europe's fetishized Others - pass into the body of the living... envisions power's violence, but also its abjection and attraction... a kind of defacement of power, and of the sacred underpinnings of modern sovereignty.

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