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4.9.15

Decoloniality | GLOBAL SOCIAL THEORY: Beyond an engagement with Quijano’s idea of the coloniality of power, these contributions share an understanding that colonialism has not only displaced particular communities, but also their knowledges. It is to the recovery and re-articulation of those knowledges that these scholars and activists orient their academic work. Rolando Vazquez, for example, argues for wider recognition of the way in which social struggles challenge and define ‘the oppressive grammars of power’ (2010: 41). In this way, he suggests, the conceptual vocabularies of the academy can be displaced and re-signified with meanings that emerge from ‘political practices, alternative forms of justice, other ways of living’ (2010: 41).


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