Local Histories/Global Designs Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking

ISBN-10: 0691156093
ISBN-13: 9780691156095
Edition: 2012 (Revised)
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List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/26/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Local Histories/Global Designsis an extended argument about the "coloniality" of power by one of the most innovative Latin American and Latino scholars. In a shrinking world where sharp dichotomies, such as East/West and developing/developed, blur and shift, Walter Mignolo points to the inadequacy of current practices in the social sciences and area studies. He explores the crucial notion of "colonial difference" into study of the modern colonial world and traces the emergence of an epistemic shift, which he calls "border thinking." Further, he expands the horizons of those debates already under way in postcolonial studies of Asia and Africa by dwelling in the genealogy of thoughts of South/Central America, the Caribbean, and Latino/as in the United States. His concept of "border gnosis," or sensing and knowing by dwelling in imperial/colonial borderlands, counters the tendency of occidentalist perspectives to manage, and thus limit, understanding.In a new preface that discussesLocal Histories/Global Designsas a dialogue with Hegel's Philosophy of History, Mignolo connects his argument with the unfolding of history in the first decade of the twenty-first century.

Walter D. Mignolo is the William H. Wannamaker Distinguished Professor and director of the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities at Duke University. This book is the third of a trilogy that includes "The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, and Colonization" and "The Darker Side of Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options". He is also the author of "The Idea of Latin America".

Preface to the 2012 Edition
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction On Gnosis and the Imaginary of the Modern/Colonial World System
In Search of an Other Logic
Border Thinking and the Colonial Difference
I Am Where I Think: The Geopolitics of Knowledge and Colonial Epistemic Differences
Post-Occidental Reason: The Crisis of Occidentalism and the Emergenc(y)e of Border Thinking
Human Understanding and Local Interests: Occidentalism and the (Latin) American Argument
Are Subaltern Studies Postmodern or Postcolonial? The Politics and Sensibilities of Geohistorical Locations
Subalternity and the Colonial Difference: Languages, Literatures, and Knowledges
"An Other Tongue": Linguistics Maps, Literary Geographies, Cultural Landscapes
Bilanguaging Love: Thinking in between Languages
Globalization/Mundializaci�n: Civilizing Processes and the Relocation of Languages and Knowledges
Afterword: An Other Tongue, An Other Thinking, An Other Logic
Bibliography
Index

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