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The Darker Side of Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options
     

The Darker Side of Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options

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by Walter D. Mignolo
 

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ISBN-10: 0822350785

ISBN-13: 9780822350781

Pub. Date: 12/16/2011

Publisher: Duke University Press Books


During the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, coloniality emerged as a new structure of power as Europeans colonized the Americas and built on the ideas of Western civilization and modernity as the endpoints of historical time and Europe as the center of the world. Walter D. Mignolo argues that coloniality is the darker side of Western modernity, a complex matrix

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During the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, coloniality emerged as a new structure of power as Europeans colonized the Americas and built on the ideas of Western civilization and modernity as the endpoints of historical time and Europe as the center of the world. Walter D. Mignolo argues that coloniality is the darker side of Western modernity, a complex matrix of power that has been created and controlled by Western men and institutions from the Renaissance, when it was driven by Christian theology, through the late twentieth century and the dictates of neoliberalism. This cycle of coloniality is coming to an end. Two main forces are challenging Western leadership in the early twenty-first century. One of these, “dewesternization,” is an irreversible shift to the East in struggles over knowledge, economics, and politics. The second force is “decoloniality.” Mignolo explains that decoloniality requires delinking from the colonial matrix of power underlying Western modernity to imagine and build global futures in which human beings and the natural world are no longer exploited in the relentless quest for wealth accumulation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822350781
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/16/2011
Series:
Latin America Otherwise
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
458
Sales rank:
954,252
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

About the Series ix

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

Introduction. Coloniality: The Darker Side of Western Modernity 1

Part One

1. The Roads to the Future: Rewesternization, Dewesternization, and Decoloniality 27

Part Two

2. I Am Where I Do: Remapping the Order of Knowing 77

3. It Is "Our" Modernity: Delinking, Independent Thought, and Decolonial Freedom 118

Part Three

4. (De)Coloniality at Large: Time and the Colonial Difference 149

5. The Darker Side of Enlightenment: A Decolonial Reading of Kant's Geography 181

Part Four

6. The Zapatistas' Theoretical Revolution: Its Historical, Ethical, and Political Consequences 213

7. Cosmopolitan Localisms: Overcoming Colonial and Imperial Differences 252

Afterword. "Freedom to Choose" and the Decolonial Option: Notes toward Communal Futures 295

Notes 337

Bibliography 365

Index 389

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The Darker Side of Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Mauro1 More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptional and well researched argument. It clearly explains the re-mapping of the world at the moment in which capital is not longer controlled by the "white race" as Sun Yat-sen anticipated in 1924 in his celebrated speech on Pan-Asianism. It brings to light that globalization now cannot only be described and analyzed from Western perspective. People of color around the globe "think"