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Evropa: „mi“ i drugi
Europe: “We” and Others

Author(s): Adriana Zaharijević
Subject(s): Politics, Anthropology, Philosophy, Gender Studies, Philosophical Traditions, Political Philosophy, Structuralism and Post-Structuralism
Published by: Institut za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju
Summary/Abstract: This paper questions the paradox of hospitality from within, by interrogating the phrase We, the Europeans. By employing the metaphor of mythical raped, putatively black Europe, it introduces the concept of foundational/conservative violence, as a means to initiate and maintain the European production of otherness. Whereas previously the conception of the other was mapped and fabricated for colonizing purposes by those who possessed the power to “civilize”, nowadays all the others tend to slip out of their imposed image, trying to imbricate themselves in the genuinely European – male and white – model of “man and citizen”. In contrast to available patterns of assimilation of and indifference towards the others, I propose Derridian concept of negotiation as a way of dealing with the other. Negotiation displaces and uproots the horizons of the possible, since it advocates neither monopoly nor dissipation. The paper ultimately endeavors to present itself as a kind of “double-binded” negotiation, as having been written by a dubious European and a woman.

  • Page Range: 199-204
  • Page Count: 6
  • Publication Year: 2005
  • Language: Serbian