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Globalization and the Decolonial Option

1st Edition

Edited by Walter D. Mignolo, Arturo Escobar


414 pages

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This is the first book in English profiling the work of a research collective that evolved around the notion of "coloniality", understood as the hidden agenda and the darker side of modernity and whose members are based in South America and the United States. The project called for an understanding of modernity not from modernity itself but from its darker side, coloniality, and proposes the de-colonization of knowledge as an epistemological restitution with political and ethical implications.

Epistemic decolonization, or de-coloniality, becomes the horizon to imagine and act toward global futures in which the notion of a political enemy is replaced by intercultural communication and towards an-other rationality that puts life first and that places institutions at its service, rather than the other way around.

The volume is profoundly inter- and trans-disciplinary, with authors writing from many intellectual, transdisciplinary, and institutional spaces.

This book was published as a special issue of Cultural Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Coloniality of Power and De-Colonial Thinking Walter D. Mignolo I The Emergence of An-Other-Paradigm 2. Coloniality and Modernity/Rationality Aníbal Quijano 3. Worlds and Knowledges Otherwise: The Latin American Modernity/Coloniality Research Program Arturo Escobar 4. The Epistemic Decolonial Turn: Beyond Political-Economy Paradigms Ramón Grosfoguel 5. Shifting the Geopolitics of Critical Knowledge: Decolonial Thought and Cultural Studies ‘Others’ in the Andes Catherine Walsh II (De)Colonization of Knowledges and of Beings 6. On the Coloniality of Being: Contributions to the Development of a Concept Nelson Maldonado-Torres 7. Decolonization and the Question of Subjectivity: Gender, Race, and Binary Thinking Freya Schiwy III The Colonial Nation-States and the Imperial Racial Matrix 8. The Nation: An Imagined Community? Javier Sanjinés 9. Decolonial Moves: Trans-locating African Diaspora Spaces Agustin Lao-Montes 10. Unsettling Race, Coloniality, and Caste: Anzaldua's Borderlands/La Frontera, Martinez’s 'Parrot in the Oven', and Roy’s 'The God of Small Things' José David Saldívar IV (De)Coloniality at Large 11. The Eastern Margins of Empire: Coloniality in 19th Century Romania Manuela Boatca 12. (In)edible Nature: New World Food and Coloniality Zilkia Janer 13. The Imperial-Colonial Chronotype: Istanbul-Baku-Khurramabad Madina Tlostanova V On Empires and Colonial/Imperial Differences 14. The Missing Chapter of Empire: Postmodern Reorganization of Coloniality and Post-Fordist Capitalism Santiago Castro-Gómez 15. Delinking: The Rhetoric of Modernity, the Logic of Coloniality and the Grammar of De-Coloniality Walter D. Mignolo 16. The Coloniality of Gender Maria Lugones 17. Afterword Arturo Escobar

About the Editors

Walter D. Mignolo is William H. Wannamaker Professor of Romance Studies, Professor in the Program of Literature and Adjunct in Cultural Anthropology. He is also Director of the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities at Duke University.

Arturo Escobar is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, and Adjunct in the Department of Geography and of Communication, at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Epistemology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies