Mimetic structuration

or, easy steps to building an acceptable identity

Iain Walker

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Since their settlement two millennia ago the Comoro Islanders have been subjected to a diversity of external influences that have provoked significant and often radical social change. This article develops the concept of mimesis to explain how the Comoros have deal with these influences, incorporating and developing them to create cultural and social structures that may appear eclectic but which have equipped the islanders to negotiate these changes quite effectively. As a result of their mimetic praxis, Comorians confront and manage influences both internal and external with the minimum of social upheaval, maintaining a society that is both highly heterogeneous and remarkably enduring.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-210
Number of pages24
JournalHistory and anthropology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • mimesis
  • identity
  • tradition
  • social change

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