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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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Human Understanding and Local Interests: Occidentalism and the (Latin) American Argument

Human Understanding and Local Interests: Occidentalism and the (Latin) American Argument

(p.127) Chapter 3 Human Understanding and Local Interests: Occidentalism and the (Latin) American Argument
Local Histories/Global Designs

Walter D. Mignolo

Princeton University Press

This chapter outlines a map of the border of the empires whose tensions contributed to the fabrication of a homogeneous notion of Latin America in the colonial horizon of modernity. These conflicting homogeneous entities are part of the imaginary of the modern/colonial world system. They are the grounding of a system of geopolitical values, of racial configurations, and of hierarchical structures of meaning and knowledge. To think “Latin America” otherwise, in its heterogeneity rather than in its homogeneity, in the local histories of changing global designs is not to question a particular form of identification but all national/colonial forms of identification in the modern/colonial world system. These are precisely the forms of identification that contribute to the reproduction of the imaginary of the modern/colonial world system and the coloniality of power and knowledge implicit in the geopolitical articulation of the world.

Keywords:   Latin America, modernity, modern colonial world, geopolitical values, racial configurations, hierarchical structures, identification, Occidentalism

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