Anthropology: Book Series

Epistemologies of the South

The Global North has faced growing difficulty in making sense of the broad changes sweeping the world, from the financialization and neoliberalization of the world economy to the growth of inequality on an unknown scale in its persistence, extension and diversification of segregation, discrimination and violence. Uneasiness has been growing within the social sciences at the feeling of inadequacy and even irrelevance of current work and established theory in its attempt to get to grips with such a world.

The main idea underlying this series is that the experience of the world is much broader than the Eurocentric understanding, and what is known as the Global South has been for centuries–and remains in contemporary times–an inexhaustible source of experiences, knowledges, political and social innovations, and celebrations of difference. Challenging the canonical and Eurocentric epistemological tradition, including the social sciences and humanities themselves, this series innovates through the encounter and dialogue with other epistemologies that have historically emerged in the South.

  • Knowledges Born in the Struggle

    Constructing the Epistemologies of the Global South, 1st Edition

    Edited by Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Maria Paula Meneses

    In a world overwhelmingly unjust and seemingly deprived of alternatives, this book claims that the alternatives can be found among us. These alternatives are, however, discredited or made invisible by the dominant ways of knowing. Rather than alternatives, therefore, we need an alternative way of…

    Paperback – 2019-11-04
    Epistemologies of the South

  • Epistemologies of the South

    Justice Against Epistemicide, 1st Edition

    By Boaventura de Sousa Santos

    This book explores the concept of 'cognitive injustice': the failure to recognise the different ways of knowing by which people across the globe run their lives and provide meaning to their existence. Boaventura de Sousa Santos shows why global social justice is not possible without global…

    Paperback – 2014-09-30
    Epistemologies of the South