The Power of the Archive and its Limits

  • Achille Mbembe


The term ‘archives’ first refers to a building, a symbol of a public institution, which is one of the organs of a constituted state. However, by ‘archives’ is also understood a collection of documents — normally written documents — kept in this building. There cannot therefore be a definition of ‘archives’ that does not encompass both the building itself and the documents stored there.


Subjective Experience Graphical Criterion Archive Document Mass Consumption Imaginary Thought 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2002

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  • Achille Mbembe

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