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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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On Gnosis and the Imaginary of the Modern/Colonial World System

On Gnosis and the Imaginary of the Modern/Colonial World System

(p.3) Introduction On Gnosis and the Imaginary of the Modern/Colonial World System
Local Histories/Global Designs

Walter D. Mignolo

Princeton University Press

This introductory chapter aims to move subjugated knowledge to the limits of the colonial difference where subjugated become subaltern knowledges in the structure of coloniality of power. It conceives subaltern knowledges in tandem with Occidentalism as the overarching imaginary of the modern/colonial world system: Occidentalism is the visible face in the building of the modern world, whereas subaltern knowledges are its darker side, the colonial side of modernity. This very notion of subaltern knowledges makes visible the colonial difference between anthropologists in the First World “studying” the Third World and “anthropologians” in the Third World reflecting on their own geohistorical and colonial conditions.

Keywords:   colonial difference, subaltern knowledges, power, Occidentalism, modern colonial world, anthropologists, anthropologians

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