Lebanon and Mimesis

Mimesis – literary tools and anthropological madness. Anyway, I’m going to post mimesis-related posts from time to time. Some for me, some for you.

The latest events occurring in Lebanon following the explosion at Achrafieh, violent demonstrations in Beirut, clashes in the city of Tripoli and hatred between supporters of 8th and 14th of March political movements, reminded me of the theory of Rene Girard on mimesis, violence and scapegoats.

via Dr. Pamela Chrabieh: Lebanon: Mimesis, Scapegoats and Violence.

I think that cooperation is in of itself its own form of rivalry. Perhaps one is competing against an ancestral feud. I wonder if we could turn this stuff around – use mimesis to enact people by refocusing mimetic rivalry.

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