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Decolonizing Global Studies

Eve Darian-Smith

in The Oxford Handbook of Global Studies

Published in print December 2018 | ISBN: 9780190630577
Published online December 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780190630607 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190630577.013.20

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Decolonizing Global Studies

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This chapter argues for the need to decolonize global studies, particularly as it is emerging as a new field of inquiry in the Global North. This entails decolonizing the basic building blocks that have dominated the past three centuries of Western thought. For global studies scholars, this means decentering the dominance of a White privileged world view that naturally assumes that such a world view leads the rest at home and abroad. It also means actively seeking to understand social and political relations from the standpoint of non-Western communities. The chapter argues for the need to decolonize Western thinking precisely because histories of marginalization and being “cut out” of the positive impacts of global capitalism have long been the experience among many non-Western peoples of the world..

Keywords: capitalism; globalization; postcolonialism; decolonization; postnationalism; pluralism; knowledge production; indigeneity; human rights; global governance

Article.  11081 words. 

Subjects: Political Sociology ; Social Theory

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