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Brocker I 920
Society/Mbembe/Herb: The new coercive regimes of postcolonial command are characterized by a particular vulgarity. To show this, Mbembe chooses his country of origin, Cameroon, as a prominent example. Authors such as Bakhtin, Bhabba, Elias, Freud, Lacan and Foucault provide the theoretical background. In contrast, approaches of classical criticism of power with its binary categories of explanation (resistance/passivity, subjection/empowerment, etc.) are left out. For Mbembe they thwart an adequate understanding of the paradoxical structure of postcolonial power relations. These can only be grasped by understanding the mobility, promiscuity and obscenity of the relationship between those in power and those subject to it. The postcolony thereby turns out to be a stage of "homo ludens" (Mbembe 2016(1),174), a "chaotic plurality with an inner coherence" (170).
Postcolony/Mbembe: [consists] not of one, but of a multitude of public spaces, each of which is equipped with its own logic, which does not prevent them from interweaving in specific places and forcing the postcolonized to zigzag, to haggle. Incidentally, the postcolonized person has a unique ability to create not just one
Brocker I 921
identity, but several, all of which are ephemeral, so they must be constantly renegotiated" (173 f.). It is about the specific disguise of the naked command, i.e. the style in which relationships between commanders and command recipients are staged. >Tyranny/Mbembe, >Simulacrum/Membe.


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


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Mbembe, Achille
Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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