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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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An Other Tongue, An Other Thinking, An Other Logic

An Other Tongue, An Other Thinking, An Other Logic

(p.313) Afterword An Other Tongue, An Other Thinking, An Other Logic
Local Histories/Global Designs

Walter D. Mignolo

Princeton University Press

This afterword extends the observations from previous chapters, which distinguished postmodern from post-Occidental thinking as a critique of modernity from the interior borders (postmodernism) and from the exterior borders of the modern/colonial world (post-Occidentalism), to deconstruction and to world system analysis. Postmodern criticism of modernity as well as world system analysis is generated from the interior borders of the system—that is, they provide a Eurocentric critique of Eurocentrism. The colonial epistemic difference is located some place else, not in the interiority of modernity defined by its imperial conflicts and self-critiqued from a postmodern perspective. On the contrary, the epistemic colonial difference emerges in the exteriority of the modern/colonial world, and in that particular form of exteriority that comprises the Chicano/as and Latino/as in United States—a consequence of the national conflicts between Mexico and the United States in 1848 and of the imperial conflicts between the United States and Spain in 1898.

Keywords:   modernity, postmodernism, post-Occidentalism, deconstruction, world system analysis, Eurocentrism, colonial epistemic difference, imperial conflicts, epistemic colonial difference, modern colonial world

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