Bureaucracies are dynamic and interactive sociocultural worlds that drive
knowledge production, power inequalities and subsequent social struggle, and violence.
The authors featured in this special section mobilize their ethnographic data
to examine bureaucracies as animated spaces where violence, whether physical, structural,
or symbolic, manifests in everyday bureaucratic practices and relationships. The
articles span geographic contexts (e.g., United States, Canada, Chile, Eritrea) and topics
(e.g., migration, extractive economies, law and sociolegal change, and settler colonialism)
but are bound together in their investigation of the violence of the administration
of decisions, care, and control through bureaucratic means.
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