Coloniality at Large: Latin America and the Postcolonial Debate

Coloniality at Large: Latin America and the Postcolonial Debate

by Mabel Moran
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822341697

ISBN-13: 9780822341697

Pub. Date: 07/16/2008

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Postcolonial theory has developed mainly in the U.S. academy, and it has focused chiefly on nineteenth-century and twentieth-century colonization and decolonization processes in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Colonialism in Latin America originated centuries earlier, in the transoceanic adventures from which European modernity itself was born. It

Overview

Postcolonial theory has developed mainly in the U.S. academy, and it has focused chiefly on nineteenth-century and twentieth-century colonization and decolonization processes in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Colonialism in Latin America originated centuries earlier, in the transoceanic adventures from which European modernity itself was born. It differs from later manifestations of European expansionism in other ways as well. Coloniality at Large brings together classic and new reflections on the theoretical implications of colonialism in Latin America. By pointing out its particular characteristics, the contributors highlight some of the philosophical and ideological blind spots of contemporary postcolonial theory as they offer a thorough analysis of that theory's applicability to Latin America's past and present.

Written by internationally renowned scholars based in Latin America, the United States, and Europe, the essays reflect multiple disciplinary and ideological perspectives. Some are translated into English for the first time. The essays include theoretical reflections, literary criticism, and historical and ethnographic case studies focused on Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Brazil, the Andes, and the Caribbean. Contributors highlight the relation of Marxist thought, dependency theory, and liberation theology to Latin Americans' experience of and resistance to coloniality, and they emphasize the critique of Occidentalism and modernity as central to any understanding of the colonial project. Analyzing the many ways that Latin Americans have resisted imperialism and sought emancipation and sovereignty over several centuries, they delve into topics includingviolence, identity, otherness, memory, heterogeneity, and language. Contributors also explore Latin American intellectuals' ambivalence about, or objections to, the "post" in postcolonial; to many, globalization and neoliberalism are the contemporary guises of colonialism in Latin America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822341697
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
07/16/2008
Series:
Latin America Otherwise
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents


About the Series     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Colonialism and Its Replicants   Mabel Morana   Enrique Dussel   Carlos A. Jauregui     1
Colonial Encounters, Decolonization, and Cultural Agency
America and the Colonizer Question: Two Formative Statements from Early Mexico   Gordon Brotherston     23
Thinking Europe in Indian Categories, or, "Tell Me the Story of How I Conquered You"   Jose Rabasa     43
Creole Agencies and the (Post) Colonial Debate in Spanish America   Jose Antonio Mazzotti     77
Rewriting Colonial Difference
European Transplants, Amerindian In-laws, African Settlers, Brazilian Creoles: A Unique Colonial and Postcolonial Condition in Latin America   Russell G. Hamilton     113
Posting Letters: Writing in the Andes and the Paradoxes of the Postcolonial Debate   Sara Castro-Klaren     130
Unforgotten Gods: Postcoloniality and Representations of Haiti in Antonio Benitez Rojo's "Heaven and Earth"   Elzbieta Sklodowska     158
Occidentalism, Globalization, and the Geopolitics of Knowledge
Coloniality of Power, Eurocentrism, and Social Classification   Anibal Quijano     181
The Geopolitics of Knowledge and the Colonial Difference   Walter D. Mignolo     225
(Post) Coloniality for Dummies: LatinAmerican Perspectives on Modernity, Coloniality, and the Geopolitics of Knowledge   Santiago Castro-Gomez     259
Remapping Latin American Studies: Postcolonialism, Subaltern Studies, Post-Occidentalism, and Globalization Theory   Eduardo Mendieta     286
Developmentalism, Modernity, and Dependency Theory in Latin America   Ramon Grosfoguel     307
Religion, Liberation, and the Narratives of Secularism
Philosophy of Liberation, the Postmodern Debate, and Latin American Studies   Enrique Dussel     335
The Historical Meaning of Christianity of Liberation in Latin America   Michael Lowy     350
Secularism and Religion in the Modern/Colonial World-System: From Secular Postcoloniality to Postsecular Transmodernity   Nelson Maldonado-Torres     360
Comparative (Post) Colonialisms
Postcolonial Theory and the Representation of Culture in the Americas   Peter Hulme     388
Elephants in the Americas? Latin American Postcolonial Studies and Global Decolonization   Fernando Coronil     396
The Latin American Postcolonialism Debate in a Comparative Context   Amaryll Chanady     417
Postcolonial Sensibility, Latin America, and the Question of Literature   Roman de la Campa     435
In the Neocolony: Destiny, Destination, and the Traffic in Meaning   Mary Louise Pratt     459
Postcolonial Ethnicities
Peripheral Modernity and Differential Mestizaje in Latin America: Outside Subalternist Postcolonialism   Mario Roberto Morales     479
(Post) Coloniality in Ecuador: The Indigenous Movement's Practices and Politics of (Re)Signification and Decolonization   Catherine E. Walsh     506
The Maya Movement: Postcolonialism and Cultural Agency   Arturo Arias     519
Bibliography     539
Contributors     609
Index     615

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