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The analysis highlights the inter-connection and intra-connection between societal facts (mythology, symbols, and religion), socio-anthropological concepts (imitation, liminality), and psychological factors (human will and “I will”) with global politics. The approach identifies dynamics and “repetitions” which can affect individuals and societies, perpetuate tension and violence, and constrain certain political outcomes. Thus follows the particular shortcoming of International Relations theory as the product of rational choice, which strives to separate the unconscious from the conscious, to understand and remedy certain socio-political conflicts. Conversely, this analysis employs the theory on mimesis, imitation, hence, memory “me willed” (as the distillate of modernity). The work demonstrates that mimetic theory and deep-down, bottom-up, “underground” human and societal impulses are indispensable for understanding certain political environments. Specifically, this will add the concept of liminality and a focus on symbolism to explore the mimetic dynamic preceding and following the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and thereby unpack an axial moment in international relations: the 100 year anniversary of WW1 on 28th June 2014 in Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H).
Davison, Joan and Jesenko Tesan. “Sarajevo Heart of Europe? Global Politics, Symbol(ism) & Liminality in the Centenary of WW1.” International Political Anthropology 7, no 1 (2014): 27-46.
International Political Anthropology