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Learning to Unlearn
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Learning to Unlearn: Decolonial Reflections from Eurasia and the Americas is a complex, multisided rethinking of the epistemic matrix of Western modernity and coloniality from the position of border epistemology. Colonial and imperial differences are the two key concepts to understanding how the logic of coloniality creates ontological and epistemic exteriorities. Being at once an enactment of decolonial thinking and an attempt to define its main grounds, mechanisms, and concepts, the book shifts the politics of knowledge from “studying the other” (culture, society, economy, politics) toward “the thinking other” (the authors). Addressing areas as diverse as the philosophy of higher education, gender, citizenship, human rights, and indigenous agency, and providing fascinating and little-known examples of decolonial thinking, education, and art, Madina V. Tlostanova and Walter D. Mignolo deconstruct the modern architecture of knowledge—its production and distribution as manifested in the corporate university. In addition, the authors dwell on and define the echoing global decolonial sensibilities as expressed in the Americas and in peripheral Eurasia. The book is an important addition to the emerging transoceanic inquiries that introduce decolonial thought and non-Western border epistemologies not only to update or transform disciplines but also to act and think decolonially in the global futures to come.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Learning to Unlearn: Thinking Decolonially
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. Part I
  2. pp. 29-30
  1. Chapter 1. The Logic of Coloniality and the Limits of Postcoloniality: Colonial Studies, Postcoloniality, and Decoloniality
  2. pp. 31-59
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  1. Chapter 2. Theorizing from the Borders; Shifting to the Geo- and Body Politics of Knowledge
  2. pp. 60-80
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  1. Part II
  2. pp. 81-82
  1. Chapter 4. Non-European Soviet Ex-Colonies and the Coloniality of Gender, or How to Unlearn Western Feminism in Eurasian Borderlands
  2. pp. 122-150
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  1. Part III
  2. pp. 151-152
  1. Chapter 5. Who Speaks for the “Human” in Human Rights? Dispensable and Bare Lives
  2. pp. 153-174
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  1. Chapter 6. Thinking Decolonially: Citizenship, Knowledge, and the Limits of Humanity
  2. pp. 175-195
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  1. Chapter 7. Globalization and the Geopolitics of Knowledge: The Role of the Humanities in the Corporate University
  2. pp. 196-216
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 217-224
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 225-236
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 237-252
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 253-267
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 268-282
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