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Decolonizing Epistemologies: Latina/o Theology and Philosophy

Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Eduardo Mendieta

2011 United States

This anthology gathers the work of three generations of Latina/o theologians and philosopher who have taken up the task of transforming their respective disciplines from the standpoint of liberation and what has been called the “decolonial turn” in social theory, theology, and philosophy. This collection is focuses on the different ways in which Latina/o thinkers, activists, and public intellectuals are producing knowledge that addresses the unique social location of Latinas/os in the US. Instead of continuing to be represented, this group of scholars show the unsuspecting and original ways in which Latina/o locations in the US can be generative places for the development of new matrixes of knowledge. The book, thus, articulates a new point of departure for the self-understanding of not simply Latina/os, but also US citizens in this new age of post-colonialism and globalization.

Introduction: Freeing Subjugated Knowledge

Ada María Isasi-Díaz and Eduardo Mendieta

Knowing Reality

Decolonizing Western Epistemology / Building Decolonial Epistemologies

Walter Mignolo

Mujerista Discourse: A Platform for Latinas’ Subjugated Knowledge

Ada María Isasi-Díaz

Methodological Notes toward a Decolonial Feminism

María Lugones

An(other) Invitation to Epistemological Humility: Notes toward a Self-Critical Approach to Counter-Knowledges

Otto Maduro

Latina/o locus historiens

Anti-Latino Racism

Linda Martín Alcoff

The Act of Remembering: The Reconstruction of U.S. Latina/o Identities by U.S. Latina/o Muslims

Hjamil A. Martínez-VÁzquez

If It Is Not Catholic, Is It Popular Catholicism? Evil Eye, Espiritismo, and Santería: Latina/o Religion within Latina/o Theology

Michelle A. González

“Racism is not intellectual”: Interracial Friendship, Multicultural Literature, and Decolonizing Epistemologies

Paula M. L. Moya

Mapping Latina/O Futures

Epistemology, Ethics, and the Time/Space of Decolonization: Perspectives from the Caribbean and the Latina/o Americas

Nelson Maldonado-Torres

Thinking Bodies: The Spirit of a Latina Incarnational Imagination

Mayra Rivera

Decolonizing Religion: Pragmatism and Latina/o Religious Experience

Christopher Tirres

The Ethics of (Not) Knowing: Take Care of Ethics and Knowledge Will Come of Its Own Accord

Eduardo Mendieta