|Title||An alternative vision of politics and violence: Introducing mimetic theory in international studies|
This article aims at introducing René Girard’s mimetic theory in the field of International Studies, identifying some of the areas of research that it might usefully open up. First, the article explores mimetic theory and some of its basic concepts—mimetic desire, mimetic rivalry, the scapegoat mechanism, and the sacrificial crisis—in order to highlight the strong heuristic and analytical potential of Girard’s work. Second, the article considers Girard’s contribution in light of contemporary theories of International Relations to demonstrate its added value. Third, the article serves as a critical introduction to the various sections and contributions of the Special Issue.
|Journal||Journal of International Political Theory|
|Journal citation||11 (1), pp. 3-25|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1177/1755088214555455|
|Published||04 Jan 2015|