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Introduction: Mimetic governmentality, colonialism, and the state

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Ladwig,  Patrice
Religious Diversity, MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Max Planck Society;

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Ladwig, P., & Roque, R. (2018). Introduction: Mimetic governmentality, colonialism, and the state. Social Analysis, 62(2), 1-27. doi:10.3167/sa.2018.620201.


Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0001-BBC3-0
Abstract
Engaging critically with literature on mimesis, colonialism, and the state in anthropology and history, this introduction argues for an approach to mimesis and imitation as constitutive of the state and its forms of rule and governmentality in the context of late European colonialism. It explores how the colonial state attempted to administer, control, and integrate its indigenous subjects through mimetic policies of governance, while examining how indigenous polities adopted imita-tive practices in order to establish reciprocal ties with, or to resist the presence of, the colonial state. In introducing this special issue, three main themes will be addressed: mimesis as a strategic policy of colonial government, as an object of colonial regulation, and, finally, as a cre-ative indigenous appropriation of external forms of state power.