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Local Histories/Global DesignsColoniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking$
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Walter D. Mignolo

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691156095

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691156095.001.0001

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Post-Occidental Reason: The Crisis of Occidentalism and the Emergenc(y)e of Border Thinking

Post-Occidental Reason: The Crisis of Occidentalism and the Emergenc(y)e of Border Thinking

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Walter D. Mignolo

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691156095.003.0003

This chapter brings border thinking into conversation with postcoloniality through the colonial difference. Postcoloniality, and its equivalents—beyond Eurocentrism and Occidentalism—is both a critical discourse that brings to the foreground the colonial side of the “modern world system” and the coloniality of power imbedded in modernity itself, as well as a discourse that relocates the ratio between geohistorical locations and knowledge production. The reordering of the geopolitics of knowledge manifests itself in two different but complementary directions. The first is the critique of the subalternization from the perspective of subaltern knowledges. The second is the emergence of border thinking as a new epistemological modality at the intersection of Western and the diversity of categories that were suppressed under Occidentalism, Orientalism, and area studies.

Keywords:   border thinking, postcoloniality, colonial difference, Eurocentrism, Occidentalism, geohistorical locations, knowledge production, geopolitics, Orientalism

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