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Tensions of EmpireColonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World$
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Frederick Cooper and Ann Laura Stoler

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780520205406

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520205406.001.0001

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Of Mimicry and Man

Of Mimicry and Man

The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse

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(p.152) 3 Of Mimicry and Man
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Tensions of Empire
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Homi Bhabha

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520205406.003.0004

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

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