Latin American decolonial thought, or making the Subaltern Speak

Latin American decolonial thought, or making the Subaltern Speak

The Modernity/Coloniality/Decoloniality (MCD) research program is a collective project associated with Latin America. In addition to a critique of Eurocentric “colonial modernity,” the project highlights non-Eurocentric forms of knowing and being in the world. It also aims to foster alternative or decolonial thinking emerging from the lived colonial experiences of those situated “outside” Europe. This last is whatMCD proponents claim differentiates it from postcolonial critiques of modernity with their emphasis on deconstruction. This review provides a brief but critical overview of the MCD project’s parameters and claims. It makes a cautionary call to those tempted by “alternatives to modernity,” whomight want to uncritically adopt alternative decolonial thinking. It concludes with a call for a closer and critical engagement with Latin American decolonial ideas and those they contest

Authors: Asher, K.

Topic: colonization,livelihoods,modernization

Geographic: Latin America

Publication Year: 2013

ISSN: 1749-8198

Source: Geography Compass 7(12): 832-842

DOI: 10.1111/gec3.12102

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