Tappe, Oliver (2018). VARIANTS OF FRONTIER MIMESIS Colonial Encounter and Intercultural Interaction in the Lao-Vietnamese Uplands. Soc. Anal., 62 (2). S. 51 - 76. BROOKLYN: BERGHAHN JOURNALS. ISSN 1558-5727

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At the turn of the twentieth century, the French colonial administration adopted various strategies and tactics to 'pacify' and control the culturally heterogeneous regions dividing the lowland realms of the Lao and Vietnamese courts, while upland powerbrokers aimed to forge strategic alliances with the new colonial power. This article takes the concept of mimesis as a means to explore the interplay of alterity and identity. With reference to the work of Michael Taussig, along with other theories of imitation, I will discuss processes of mutual appropriation and differentiation within the precarious relationship between colonizers and colonized. Mimesis here provides an alternative reading of upland Southeast Asian history beyond the binaries of dominance and resistance prevalent in James C. Scott's recent work on the anarchist history of zomia.

Item Type: Journal Article
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-184201
DOI: 10.3167/sa.2018.620203
Journal or Publication Title: Soc. Anal.
Volume: 62
Number: 2
Page Range: S. 51 - 76
Date: 2018
Place of Publication: BROOKLYN
ISSN: 1558-5727
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
DESIREMultiple languages
AnthropologyMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/18420


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