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Of Mimicry and Man

Homi Bhabha

in Tensions of Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780520205406
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918085 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520205406.003.0004
Of Mimicry and Man

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This chapter focuses on the ambivalence of colonial discourse, specifically the issue of mimicry, which, it explains, is the sign of a double articulation, a complex strategy of reform, regulation, and discipline. It suggests that the effect of mimicry on the authority of colonial discourse is profound and disturbing, for in normalizing the colonial state or subject, the dream of post-Enlightenment civility alienates its own language of liberty and produces another knowledge of its norms.

Keywords: colonial discourse; mimicry; strategy of reform; colonial state; liberty

Chapter.  3757 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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