Dead zones of the imagination

  title={Dead zones of the imagination},
  author={David A. Graeber},
  journal={HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory},
  pages={105 - 128}
  • D. Graeber
  • Published 1 August 2012
  • Political Science
  • HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
The experience of bureaucratic incompetence, confusion, and its ability to cause otherwise intelligent people to behave outright foolishly, opens up a series of questions about the nature of power or, more specifically, structural violence. The unique qualities of violence as a form of action means that human relations ultimately founded on violence create lopsided structures of the imagination, where the responsibility to do the interpretive labor required to allow the powerful to operate… 
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