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Simulacrum/Society/Postcolonialism//Mbembe/Herb: It is about the specific disguise of the naked power of command, i.e. the style in which relationships between commanders and recipients of command are staged. The grotesque, comedy, amusement, laughter, carnival and blasphemy are the expressions of these multiform relationships.
In its roar, the post-colony proves to be the regime of the "simulacrum" par excellence (Mbembe 2016(1), 183). "This explains why dictatorships, which had rested the day before on a flood of declarations of support, wake up the next day and find their golden calves smashed and their tables of law overturned" (183). In the postcolony a game is played in which the body takes the leading role, as a relay of submission, deprivation of power and refusal to obey. "Mouth", "belly", and "penis" are the classical means of command and at the same time "independent historical places" (214), centres of power in the political economy of the body. They reach into death. >Tyranny/Mbembe, >Government policy/Mbembe.
MbembeVsBachtin: In this game of fidelity and betrayal, as Mbembe asserts against the "Mistake of Bachtin" (Mbembe ibid., 216), all inmates of the postcolony are trapped: ruled and ruled. All of them, without exception, are involved in the game of life and death.
1. Achille Mbembe, De la postcolonie. Essai sur l’imagination politique dans l’Afrique contemporaine, Paris 2000. Dt.: Achille Mbembe, Postkolonie. Zur politischen Vorstellungskraft im Afrika der Gegenwart, Wien/Berlin 2016
Karlfriedrich Herb, „Achille Mbembe, Postkolonie (2000)“. In: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018_____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018