States of Imitation: Mimetic Governmentality and Colonial Rule

Mimetic Governmentality and Colonial Rule
Berghahn Books (Verlag)
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 30. April 2016
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 150 Seiten
978-1-78920-738-5 (ISBN)
Late Western colonialism often relied on the practice of imitating indigenous forms of rule in order to maintain power; conversely, indigenous polities could imitate Western sociopolitical forms to their own benefit. Drawing on historical ethnographic studies of colonialism in Asia and Africa, States of Imitation examines how the colonial state attempted to administer, control, and integrate its indigenous subjects through mimetic governmentality, as well the ways indigenous states adopted these imitative practices to establish reciprocal ties with, or to resist the presence of, the colonial state.
  • Englisch
  • New York, NY
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  • USA
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
13 illustrations
  • Höhe: 229 mm
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  • Breite: 152 mm
978-1-78920-738-5 (9781789207385)
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Patrice Ladwig is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, and a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge.
Ricardo Roque is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa), and an Honorary Associate in the Department of History at the University of Sydney.
Introduction: Mimetic Governmentality, Colonialism, and the State

Patrice Ladwig and Ricardo Roque

Chapter 1. Dances with Heads: Parasitic Mimesis and the Government of Savagery in Colonial East Timor

Ricardo Roque

Chapter 2. Variants of Frontier Mimesis: Colonial Encounter and Intercultural Interaction in the Lao-Vietnamese Uplands

Oliver Tappe

Chapter 3. The Hut-Hospital as Project and as Practice: Mimeses, Alterities and Colonial Hierarchies

Cristiana Bastos

Chapter 4. Imitations of Buddhist Statecraft: The Patronage of Lao Buddhism and the Reconstruction of Relic Shrines and Temples in Colonial French Indochina

Patrice Ladwig

Chapter 5. Colonial Mimesis and Animal Reproduction: Karakul Sheep in Southwest Angola

Tiago Saraiva

Chapter 6. Colonizers, Crises, and Carnival: Criticism and Opposition in Colonial Guinea-Bissau, West Africa

Christoph Kohl

Conclusion: Mimetic Primitivism, Colonial Encounters and Modernity's Imitations: Some Notes on Theoretical Genealogies

Patrice Ladwig


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