Excess of hospitality: Critical semiopraxis and theoretical risks in postcolonial justice

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From his/her point of view, for who arrives, American communities and persons range between cryptic taciturnity and naive reception: beside the grim silence, the friendly gesture. But the foreigner dimly perceives that in the act of receiving that people opens up a site and give a new place that recreate in large the entire constellation of relationships. There, archaic epistemic-practical matrixes of creation show their greatest flexibility through and along the adversities of colonialism. These silent languages are the semiopraxis of sacrifice in which an extreme gift from other space-times introduces new beings in ritual relationships. Amidst them, we are transformed, we become others. Colonial ethics is inverted/invested by an excessive hospitality. Silence, delay, and affection abruptly touch the edges of the dominant order that is dislocated. We, as former (and perhaps permanent) strange, arrogant, armored upstarts, have ignored and despised this justice that comes from others who do not dominate.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAfter Ethics
Subtitle of host publicationAncestral Voices and Post-Disciplinary Worlds in Archaeology
EditorsAlejandro Haber, Nick Shepherd
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781493916894
ISBN (Print)9781493916887
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Publication series

NameEthical Archaeologies: The Politics of Social Justice


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