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Government of Paper: The Materiality of Bureaucracy in Urban Pakistan

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In the electronic age, documents appear to have escaped their paper confinement. But we are still surrounded by flows of paper with enormous consequences. In the planned city of Islamabad, order and disorder are produced through the ceaseless inscription and circulation of millions of paper artifacts among bureaucrats, politicians, property owners, villagers, imams (prayer ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by University of California Press (first published May 6th 2012)
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Solid ethnography and great introduction to a couple linguistic theorists. I kinda wish he had done a bit more with linguistics stuff although I realize that was not likely the aim of his ethnography.

I think many people will be surprised at how good this book is...I didn't realize you could make bureaucracy interesting, but Hull does it!
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