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This book is an extended argument on the "coloniality" of power by one of the most innovative scholars of Latin American studies. In a shrinking world where sharp dichotomies, such as East/West and developing/developed, blur and shift, Walter Mignolo points to the inadequacy of current practice in the social sciences and area studies. He introduces the crucial notion of "colonial difference" into study of the modern colonial world. He also traces the emergence of new forms of knowledge, which he calls "border thinking."

Further, he expands the horizons of those debates already under way in postcolonial studies of Asia and Africa by dwelling in the genealogy of thoughts of South/Central America, the Caribbean, and Latino/as in the United States. His concept of "border gnosis," or what is known from the perspective of an empire's borderlands, counters the tendency of occidentalist perspectives to dominate, and thus limit, understanding.

The book is divided into three parts: the first chapter deals with epistemology and postcoloniality; the next three chapters deal with the geopolitics of knowledge; the last three deal with the languages and cultures of scholarship. Here the author reintroduces the analysis of civilization from the perspective of globalization and argues that, rather than one "civilizing" process dominated by the West, the continually emerging subaltern voices break down the dichotomies characteristic of any cultural imperialism. By underscoring the fractures between globalization and mundializacion, Mignolo shows the locations of emerging border epistemologies, and of post-occidental reason.

In a new preface that discusses Local Histories/Global Designs as a dialogue with Hegels Philosophy of History, Mignolo connects his argument with the unfolding of history in the first decade of the twenty-first century.

Synopsis:

In the shrinking world of the late 1990s, sharp dichotomies like East and West, and developing and developed, shift and blur. This text points to the current inadequacies of practice in the social sciences and area studies, by introducing the notion of colonial difference.

Synopsis:

"Walter Mignolo, one of America's most eminent postcolonialists, presents a challenging new paradigm for understanding the realities of a planetary 'coloniality of power,' and the limits of area studies in the United States. Local History/Global Designs is one of the most important books in the historical humanities to have emerged since the end of the Cold War University. This is vintage Mignolo: packed with insights, breadth, and intellectual zeal."--José David Saldívar, University of California, Berkeley

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [339]-365) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction On Gnosis and the Imaginary of the Modern/Colonial World System

PART ONE: IN SEARCH OF AN OTHER LOGIC

Border Thinking and the Colonial Difference

PART TWO: I AM WHERE I THINK: THE GEOPOLITICS

OF KNOWLEDGE AND COLONIAL EPISTEMIC DIFFERENCES

Post-Occidental Reason: The Crisis of Occidentalism and the Emergenc(y)e of Border

Thinking

Human Understanding and Local Interests: Occidentalism and the (Latin) American

Argument

Are Subaltern Studies Postmodern or Postcolonial? The Politics and Sensibilities

of Geohistorical Locations

PART THREE: SUBALTERNITY AND THE COLONIAL

DIFFERENCE: LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND KNOWLEDGES

``An Other Tongue: Linguistics Maps,

Literary Geographies, Cultural Landscapes

Bilanguaging Love: Thinking in between

Languages

Globalization/Mundializacion: Civilizing

Processes and the Relocation of Languages and Knowledges

Afterword An Other Tongue, An Other Thinking,

An Other Logic

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691001401
Subtitle:
Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking
Author:
Mignolo, Walter D.
Author:
Mignolo, Walter D.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Culture
Subject:
Knowledge, theory of
Subject:
Colonies
Subject:
Postcolonialism
Subject:
Hermeneutics
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Latin American studies
Subject:
American Language and Literature
Subject:
Postcolonial Studies
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Philosophy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History (Paperback)
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
January 2000
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 tables 12 halftones
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 20 oz

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"Synopsis" by , In the shrinking world of the late 1990s, sharp dichotomies like East and West, and developing and developed, shift and blur. This text points to the current inadequacies of practice in the social sciences and area studies, by introducing the notion of colonial difference.
"Synopsis" by , "Walter Mignolo, one of America's most eminent postcolonialists, presents a challenging new paradigm for understanding the realities of a planetary 'coloniality of power,' and the limits of area studies in the United States. Local History/Global Designs is one of the most important books in the historical humanities to have emerged since the end of the Cold War University. This is vintage Mignolo: packed with insights, breadth, and intellectual zeal."--José David Saldívar, University of California, Berkeley
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