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Auditory Space, Ethics and Hospitality: ‘Noise’, Alterity and Care at the End of Life

Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2009. Auditory Space, Ethics and Hospitality: ‘Noise’, Alterity and Care at the End of Life. Body and Society, 15(4), pp. 1-19. ISSN 1357-034X [Article]

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This paper examines the limits and potential of hospitality through struggles over auditory space in care at the end of life. Using an account of noisy mourning in a multicultural hospice ward, the paper argues that the insurgent force of noise as corporeal generosity can produce impossible dilemmas for care, whilst also provoking surprising ethical relations and potentialities. Derrida’s ideas about the aporias of the gift and absolute responsibility are drawn upon to make sense of the pushy generosity of alterity as it is made to matter through sound.

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Death and dying, ethics, hospitality, multiculturalism, space

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December 2009Published

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25 Oct 2010 13:16

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17 Jul 2018 19:01

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URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/3664

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