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Title:Perhaps decoloniality is the answer? Critical reflections on development from a decolonial epistemic perspective: editorial
Author:Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Sabelo J.ISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:Africanus (ISSN 0304-615X)
Volume:43
Issue:2
Pages:1-11
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:postcolonialism
power
sociology of knowledge
African identity
North-South relations
Abstract:The guest editor of this issue, which is devoted to the interrogation of key aspects of development from the perspective of 'decoloniality', not only introduces the other authors, but also the subject as a whole. According to him, decoloniality is an epistemic and political project that seeks to address a collection of interrelated political, epistemological, and mental issues that can be linked to three basic concepts: 1. coloniality is deeply rooted in the asymmetrical power relations that emerged between the West and the rest since Christopher Columbus reached America in 1492; 2. coloniality has found expression in the form of Euro-American-centric knowledge generation; and 3. coloniality is intricately linked to a hierarchy of being, which culminated in processes of commodification of Africans as slaves. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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