Local Histories Global Designs Coloniality Subaltern Knowledges and Border Thinking This book is an extended argument on the coloniality of power by one of the most innovative scholars of Latin American studies In a shrinking world where sharp dichotomies such as East West and devel

  • Title: Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking
  • Author: Walter D. Mignolo
  • ISBN: 9780691001401
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book is an extended argument on the coloniality of power by one of the most innovative scholars of Latin American studies 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 practice in the social sciences and area studies He introduces the crucial notion of cThis book is an extended argument on the coloniality of power by one of the most innovative scholars of Latin American studies 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 practice in the social sciences and area studies He introduces the crucial notion of colonial difference into study of the modern colonial world He also traces the emergence of new forms of knowledge, 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 what is known from the perspective of an empire s borderlands, counters the tendency of occidentalist perspectives to dominate, and thus limit, understanding.The book is divided into three parts the first chapter deals with epistemology and postcoloniality the next three chapters deal with the geopolitics of knowledge the last three deal with the languages and cultures of scholarship Here the author reintroduces the analysis of civilization from the perspective of globalization and argues that, rather than one civilizing process dominated by the West, the continually emerging subaltern voices break down the dichotomies characteristic of any cultural imperialism By underscoring the fractures between globalization and mundializacion, Mignolo shows the locations of emerging border epistemologies, and of post occidental reason.In a new preface that discusses Local Histories Global Designs as 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.

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    1. Notes from Mignolo's contributions in journal articles (cool stuff!):- Language is powerful. The “other” languages have become involved in the making of the post-colonial discussion as a way of “including the other” in the discussion that had been established by the dominant. All the components should make up the conversation, rather than “include” others to an already-established discussion that was set by the European standards of civilization. Modernity has been regarded as a “E [...]

    2. You'd like this book if you're a nerd. I'm a nerd. I am fascinated by studies that study the mechanisms of studying. Global conceptions of 1st/3rd world, ethnicity, difference, etc. are all mentally constructed, and this book explains the history of certain mental constructions and their implications. I argue that the war in Iraq is possible because of our mental constructions of the "United States" and "Iraq"- one as a modern, white, developed country- and the other as poorer and back in time. [...]

    3. The introduction is very intriguing. The interweaving of local and global I think is an important way to think about academic studies. The chapters honestly lost me but I suspect this is due to my lack of knowledge in Latin American Literature. But the book opened many new ways for me to think about the kinds of knowledge we value and why. This book challenges us to redefine what we mean by knowledge without totally throwing out Western ways of knowing. Really important work here.

    4. Cut to the chase man. He spends almost the entire book just explaining why he titled particular chapters that way. Blah, blah blah, lots of picayune word games going on, very low on substance.

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