Methodological Notes toward a Decolonial Feminism

María Lugones

in Decolonizing Epistemologies

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780823241354
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241392 | DOI:

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia (FUP)

Methodological Notes toward a Decolonial Feminism

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María Lugones’ essay begins by reasserting the importance of understanding the inseparability of race and gender and the coalitional meaning of Women of Color: a term that reveals the self as well as reality as multiple by indicating a complex social construction that includes how Women of Color are perceived by others as inferior as well as how they reject such a construction. Lugones’ valuing of coalitional understanding and praxis emphasizes how collectivities and communities are the fractured locus from which emerges a subjective/intersubjective understanding of self. The essay then complicates the understanding of racialized gender by introducing the “coloniality of gender,” emphasizing that this is not merely a classification but also refers to the process of dehumanizing people to fit them into this category. To oppose the coloniality of gender, Lugones introduces “decolonial feminism” as a kind of theory which frees subjugated knowledges. The essay ends with a call to coalition building that has a starting point in the fractured locus that oppressing →← resisting peoples have in common.

Keywords: Coloniality of gender; decolonial; feminism; intersubjectivity; race

Chapter.  7037 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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