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Local Histories/Global Designs – Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking - Princeton Scholarship Online
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Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking

Walter D. Mignolo


This book is an extended argument about the “coloniality” of power. In a shrinking world where sharp dichotomies, such as East/West and developing/developed, blur and shift, this book points to the inadequacy of current practices in the social sciences and area studies. It explores the crucial notion of “colonial difference” in the study of the modern colonial world and traces the emergence of an epistemic shift, which the book calls “border thinking.” Further, the book expands the horizons of those debates already under way in postcolonial studies of Asia and Africa by dwelling on the genealo ... More

Keywords: power, social sciences, modern colonial world, colonial difference, postcolonial Asia, postcolonial Africa, imperial borderland, colonial borderland, South America, Central America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691156095
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691156095.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter D. Mignolo, author
Duke University

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