By Walter D. Mignolo, Arturo Escobar
This is the 1st publication in English profiling the paintings of a study collective that developed round the concept of "coloniality", understood because the hidden time table and the darker aspect of modernity and whose contributors are dependent in South the United States and the us. The venture referred to as for an figuring out of modernity no longer from modernity itself yet from its darker part, coloniality, and proposes the de-colonization of data as an epistemological restitution with political and moral implications.
Epistemic decolonization, or de-coloniality, turns into the horizon to visualize and act towards worldwide futures during which the proposal of a political enemy is changed by way of intercultural verbal exchange and in the direction of an-other rationality that places existence first and that locations associations at its carrier, instead of the wrong way around.
The quantity is profoundly inter- and trans-disciplinary, with authors writing from many highbrow, transdisciplinary, and institutional spaces.
This booklet used to be released as a different factor of Cultural Studies.
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That difference does not necessarily imply the unequal nature of the ‘other’ and therefore the absolute externality of relations, nor the hierarchical inequality nor the social inferiority of the other. The differences are not necessarily the basis of domination. At the same time Á and because of that Á historical-cultural heterogeneity implies the copresence and the articulation of diverse historical ‘logic’ around one of them, which is hegemonic but in no way unique. In this way, the road is closed to all reductionism, as well as to the metaphysics of an historical macro- subject capable of its own rationality and of historical teleology, of which individuals and specific groups, classes for instance, would hardly be carriers or missionaries.
For current debates see the special section, Palestra, in Revista Tabula Rasa, edited by Heriberto Cairo (2008) Anı´bal Quijano COLONIALITY AND MODERNITY/ RATIONALITY With the conquest of the societies and the cultures which inhabit what today is called Latin America, began the constitution of a new world order, culminating, five hundred years later, in a global power covering the whole planet. This process implied a violent concentration of the world’s resources under the control and for the benefit of a small European minority Á and above all, of its ruling classes.
I The modernity/coloniality research program Why, one may ask, do these group of Latin Americans and Latin Americanists feel that a new understanding of modernity is needed? To fully appreciate the importance of this question, it is instructive to begin by discussing the dominant tendencies in the study of modernity from what we can call ‘intramodern perspectives’ (the term will become clear as we move along). I am very much aware that the view of modernity to be presented below is terribly partial and contestable.
Globalization and the Decolonial Option by Walter D. Mignolo, Arturo Escobar