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States of Imitation
Mimetic Governmentality and Colonial Rule
Edited by Patrice Ladwig and Ricardo Roque
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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.
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.
Subject: Sociology Political Economy
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
Chapter 2. Variants of Frontier Mimesis: Colonial Encounter and Intercultural Interaction in the Lao-Vietnamese Uplands
Chapter 3. The Hut-Hospital as Project and as Practice: Mimeses, Alterities and Colonial Hierarchies
Chapter 4. Imitations of Buddhist Statecraft: The Patronage of Lao Buddhism and the Reconstruction of Relic Shrines and Temples in Colonial French Indochina
Chapter 5. Colonial Mimesis and Animal Reproduction: Karakul Sheep in Southwest Angola
Chapter 6. Colonizers, Crises, and Carnival: Criticism and Opposition in Colonial Guinea-Bissau, West Africa
Conclusion: Mimetic Primitivism, Colonial Encounters and Modernity’s Imitations: Some Notes on Theoretical Genealogies
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