Stranger King

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Stranger King

Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu May 09, 2013 7:46 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stranger_King

Yeah, this is new to me as well. A new wrinkle on the Cargo Cult phenomenon.

Who in their right mind would willingly invite a foreign ruler into one's mild and pleasant land?

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The Stranger King theory offers a framework to understand global colonialism. It seeks to explain the apparent ease whereby many indigenous peoples subjugated themselves to an alien colonial power and places state formation by colonial powers within the continuum of earlier, similar but indigenous processes.

It highlights the imposition of colonialism not as the result of the breaking of the spirit of local communities by brute force, or as reflecting an ignorant peasantry's acquiescence in the lies of its self-interested leaders, but as a people's rational and productive acceptance of an opportunity offered.

The theory was developed by Marshall Sahlins in the Pacific region and is described by David Henley using the North Sulawesi region in Indonesia as his prime case study. The Stranger King theory suggests similarities and divergences between pre-colonial and colonial processes of state-formation enabling to build with insight on the historiography of the colonial transition in the Asia-Pacific part of the world.[1]


WTF?

It's like this:
The Stranger King theory argues that many indigenous peoples accepted the imposition of foreign colonial influence, i.e. the Stranger King, as a means of conflict resolution. In doing so, the Stranger King theory challenges binary oppositions of ‘tradition versus modernity’ and ‘nationalism versus imperialism’ paradigms and it places state formation by colonial powers within the continuum of earlier, similar but indigenous processes.


Nice. Your culture/government is so fucked up and dysfunctional that only a colonial power can come in and equalize things.

It reminds me of the scene in Lawrence of Arabia where he is neither of one tribe nor another, so he is the perfect person to perform the execution.
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Re: Stranger King

Postby Savannah » Thu May 09, 2013 8:00 pm

This seems totally understandable to me. You're tired of the same old difficulties and suffering, and along comes someone with at least the appearance of superior technology mixed with a convincing and dangerous confidence, and for just long enough, you give them a chance.

This is performance art waiting to happen. Camp leaders (or evil factions) should attempt to colonize neighboring camps!

Let's do this.
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Re: Stranger King

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu May 09, 2013 9:22 pm

I'm game. I'm already trying to take over Dye with Dignity from within for the great soviet (hey, where's my balalaika?) peoples





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Re: Stranger King

Postby Eric » Thu May 09, 2013 11:13 pm

It actually sounds like what happened it parts of what it now "New England" - the Wampanoag under Massasoit allowed the colonists to settle so they could help them in their fights with other tribes. Wasn't quite the "stranger king" situation, but it was about getting leverage and using the "newcomers" strengths to enhance your own (or to cover your weaknesses).
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Re: Stranger King

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Fri May 10, 2013 6:59 am

sometimes, you just gotta accept the fact that there are Stranger things in Heaven and Earth than even YOU can dream of....


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Re: Stranger King

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Fri May 10, 2013 7:00 am

now Hamlet, he coulda been a strange king...


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Re: Stranger King

Postby ygmir » Fri May 10, 2013 7:03 am

H. G. knew...........Wells, that is.
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Re: Stranger King

Postby H.G.Crosby » Fri May 10, 2013 7:04 am

Savannah wrote:This seems totally understandable to me. You're tired of the same old difficulties and suffering, and along comes someone with at least the appearance of superior technology mixed with a convincing and dangerous confidence, and for just long enough, you give them a chance.

This is performance art waiting to happen. Camp leaders (or evil factions) should attempt to colonize neighboring camps!

Let's do this.




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Re: Stranger King

Postby trilobyte » Fri May 10, 2013 7:31 am

Yep - that's how the bulk of colonialism went down, from what I understand. Fancy people arrive with amazing technology and knowledge, people go a little ga-ga, and then fancy leaders offer them the opportunity to be a part of their amazing world of fancy. To the indigenous leader, the 'stranger king' is making them the offer of a lifetime that promises to improve the wealth and the quality of life of their people.

That illustration would make a great inspiration for some fancy playawear. Dress up as a stranger king and walk around surveying BRC like some newly-acquired kingdom.
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Re: Stranger King

Postby Simon of the Playa » Fri May 10, 2013 7:38 am

trilobyte wrote:Yep - that's how the bulk of colonialism went down, from what I understand. Fancy people arrive with amazing technology and knowledge, people go a little ga-ga, and then fancy leaders offer them the opportunity to be a part of their amazing world of fancy. To the indigenous leader, the 'stranger king' is making them the offer of a lifetime that promises to improve the wealth and the quality of life of their people.

That illustration would make a great inspiration for some fancy playawear. Dress up as a stranger king and walk around surveying BRC like some newly-acquired kingdom.





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Re: Stranger King

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Fri May 10, 2013 7:40 am

why does this look like a glittery Poonani with Liberace's face as the clitoris?



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Re: Stranger King

Postby H.G.Crosby » Fri May 10, 2013 7:49 am

there, fixed that for ya.
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Re: Stranger King

Postby ygmir » Fri May 10, 2013 8:09 am

sure changes my idea of "tickling the ivories".
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Re: Stranger King

Postby unjonharley » Fri May 10, 2013 9:11 am

Burning Man must resist the interlopers and there Stranger King..

Our island paradise will be lost forever..

First we must dethrone king larry.. He has already given up our gun and allowed the wild feather legged raver..
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Re: Stranger King

Postby Elliot » Fri May 10, 2013 10:03 am

Actually, Dougly, it makes perfect sense to me too. Maintaining control of their own government may not have been such a high priority as how we think of it -- specially if they had little or no experience with invaders.
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Re: Stranger King

Postby Eric » Fri May 10, 2013 11:14 am

Simon of the Playa wrote:Image


Wouldn't that be the "Strange Queen"?
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Re: Stranger King

Postby Jackass » Fri May 10, 2013 11:56 am

Who's ready to party with this strange plastic king???
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Re: Stranger King

Postby theCryptofishist » Fri May 10, 2013 6:20 pm

trilobyte wrote:Yep - that's how the bulk of colonialism went down, from what I understand. Fancy people arrive with amazing technology and knowledge, people go a little ga-ga, and then fancy leaders offer them the opportunity to be a part of their amazing world of fancy. To the indigenous leader, the 'stranger king' is making them the offer of a lifetime that promises to improve the wealth and the quality of life of their people.

I think there is a bit of finding exactly who is vulnerable to the tainted offerings...
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Re: Stranger King

Postby unjonharley » Fri May 10, 2013 6:24 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
I think there is a bit of finding exactly who is vulnerable to the tainted offerings...


I would say the low burners that are not the off springs of first camp
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Re: Stranger King

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sat May 11, 2013 9:58 am

what has happened before will happen again.




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Re: Stranger King

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Sat May 11, 2013 7:23 pm

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Re: Stranger King

Postby ygmir » Sat May 11, 2013 7:52 pm

Roberto Dobbisano wrote:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sargon_of_Akkad


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Re: Stranger King

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sun May 12, 2013 8:11 pm

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