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Colonial Encounters, Time and Social Innovation

Author(s): Per Cornell

Year: 2013

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Looking at the colonial, the intricacy of the associated encounters cannot be avoided. While violence and oppression almost always play a major role, there are also intricate processes, in which the results are manifold and far beyond the intent of the colonizer. In this paper, a number of examples will be addressed, ranging from Late Mediterranean Iron Age contexts to European Early Modern colonial projects in the Americas. Questions of temporality and general time are of major importance; here, certain Derridean reflections will be discussed. The importance of micrological in-depth studies will be stressed as a means to get at the bigger picture. The particularity of the social forms in the area colonized, and in the heartlands of the colonizer is also important. The role of social innovation in the local context will be stressed and some brief examples addressed, in which these changes brought about truly new social forms.

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Colonial Encounters, Time and Social Innovation. Per Cornell. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428350)


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Sweden Western Europe

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min long: 11.113; min lat: 55.34 ; max long: 24.167; max lat: 69.06 ;

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PaperId(s): 178

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America