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Decolonizing Western Epistemology / Building Decolonial Epistemologies

Walter Mignolo

in Decolonizing Epistemologies

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780823241354
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241392 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823241354.003.0002

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia (FUP)

Decolonizing Western Epistemology / Building Decolonial Epistemologies

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The essay by Walter Mignolo defines decolonialism and differentiates it from anticolonial and anticapitalist struggles framed within Western civilization. The two pillars of decolonial thinking are geopolitical epistemology, which responds to local needs, habits, and memories that emerge from the Third World, and biographic political epistemology, which works toward building states that are at the service of the people and not vice versa. The chapter highlights the work of Indian historian and political theorist Partha Chatterjee and that of Maori national and anthropologist Linda Tuhiwai Smith in order to provide examples of scholars who make decolonial moves by claiming the right to produce knowledge and advance their own people. Decoloniality is then clarified in terms of what it has in common with de-Westernization.

Keywords: Colonialism; eurocentrism; coloniality; decolonization; geopolitics; globalization

Chapter.  9084 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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