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Decolonizing Epistemologies

Latina/o Theology and Philosophy

Ada María Isasi-Díaz

Publication Year: 2011

This anthology gathers the work of three generations of Latina/o theologians and philosopher who have taken up the task of decolonizing epistemology by transforming their respective disciplines from the standpoint liberation thought and of what has been called the “decolonial turn” in social theory, theology, and philosophy. At the heart of this collection is the unveiling of subjugated knowledge elaborated by Latina/o scholars who take seriously their social location and that of their communities of accountability and how these impact the development of a different episteme. Refusing to continue to allow to be made invisible by the dominant discourse, this group of scholars show the unsuspecting and original ways in which Latina/o social and historical loci in the US are generative places for the creation of new matrixes of knowledge. The book articulates a new point of departure for the self-understanding of Latina/os, for other marginalized and oppress groups, and for all those seeking to engage the move beyond coloniality as it continues to be present in this age of globalization.

Published by: Fordham University Press

DECOLONIZING EPI STEMOLOGIES

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TRANSDISCIPLINARY THEOLOGICAL COLLOQUIA

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pp. 3-4

Theology has hovered for two millennia between scriptural metaphor and philosophical thinking; it takes flesh in its symbolic, communal, and ethical practices. With the gift of this history and in the spirit of its unrealized potential, the Transdisciplinary...

DECOLONIZING EPISTEMOLOGIES Latina/o Theology and Philosophy

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pp. v-

CONTENTS

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pp. ix-x

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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p. xi-xi

The Transdisciplinary Colloquium that provided the opportunity for the conversations that resulted in the articles gathered in this book was the eighth one that has been held at the Theological School of Drew University. We are most grateful to Catherine Keller, the main conspirator of these colloquia, for so graciously turning over the 2008 colloquium to us, thus providing the opportunity...

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Introduction: FreeingSubjugated Knowledge

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pp. 1-16

Sitting in crowded bleachers amid a sea of Asian faces, our little group stood out like a sore thumb. Two of us were Latinas, one quite pale from a northern Spain ancestry, the other one with a dark cafe´ con leche skin that speaks of her African...

Knowing Reality

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pp. 17-

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Decolonizing WesternEpistemology/Building DecolonialEpistemologies

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pp. 19-43

The maintenance of life is an expression of knowledge, a manifestation of adequate behavior in the domain of existence. In the form of an aphorism: ‘‘Once we have accepted that there is no possibility of making testable claims about an observer-independent reality, the fundamental change in our epistemology...

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Mujerista Discourse: A Platformfor Latinas’ Subjugated Knowledge

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pp. 44-67

One of the main goals of mujerista discourse has been to provide a platform for the voices of Latinas living in the United States. Mujerista discourse, particularly focused on Christian ethics and theology, has as its goal the liberation/flourishing of Latinas. It uses as its source the understandings and practices of Latinas...

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Methodological Notes towarda Decolonial Feminism

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pp. 68-86

The theories of feminism developed by the coalition Women of Color in the United States in the 1980s transformed the meaning of gender. If all the ‘‘women’’ are ‘‘white’’ and all the ‘‘blacks’’ are ‘‘male,’’ what does ‘‘black woman’’ mean? The...

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An(other) Invitation toEpistemological Humility: Notestoward a Self-Critical Approach toCounter-Knowledges

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pp. 87-104

In this essay, written as a series of short (hypo)theses, I try to construct an invitation to rethink our understandings of knowledge and truth in a perspective that I would call ‘‘epistemological humility’’ (as opposed to the ‘‘epistemological arrogance’’ of thinking that we—whoever we are—already have the definitive true...

Latina/o locus historicus

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pp. 105-

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Anti-Latino Racism

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pp. 107-126

Immigrants are today the most reviled group in America.1 While there is wide public support for instituting routine identity checks for persons who ‘‘look like’’ they may be immigrants, day laborers waiting on sidewalks or in parking lots for employment report routine verbal and physical harassment, from having...

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The Act of Remembering: TheReconstruction of U.S. Latina/oIdentities by U.S. Latina/oMuslims

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pp. 127-150

When communities begin to establish an identity as a group, one of the steps taken is that members of the community start to challenge the ideas and stereotypes that have been imposed on them by the dominant culture. In the case of U.S. Latinas/os, the confrontation takes place not only as they deconstruct...

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If It Is Not Catholic, Is ItPopular Catholicism? Evil Eye, Espiritismo, and Santerı´a: Latina/o Religion within Latina/o Theology

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pp. 151-168

When communities begin to establish an identity as a group, one of the steps taken is that members of the community start to challenge the ideas and stereotypes that have been imposed on them by the dominant culture. In the case of U.S. Latinas/os, the confrontation takes place not only as they deconstruct...

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‘‘Racism is not intellectual’’:Interracial Friendship,Multicultural Literature, andDecolonizing Epistemologies

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pp. 169-190

In a searingly powerful poem that serves as the fulcrum of her award winning first book of poetry, Emplumada,1 the Chicana poet Lorna Dee Cervantes responds to a young, white male acquaintance who has charged her with being altogether too concerned with the existence of racial discord.2 Over..

Mapping Latina/o Futures

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pp. 191-

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Epistemology, Ethics, and theTime/Space of Decolonization:Perspectives from the Caribbeanand the Latina/o Americas

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pp. 193-206

The Caribbean is a geopolitical zone characterized by colonialism, human slavery, misrecognition, and the search for liberation, among other features. It became the first site for the expression of the project of genocide, slavery, and conquest of a Christian Europe that began to change its identity precisely...

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Thinking Bodies: The Spirit ofa Latina Incarnational Imagination

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pp. 207-225

Speaking a language shaped by the sea, with the face of the water in their words, both Gabriela Mistral and Marjorie Agosı´n evoke in their poems geographies of a country they have left behind. Their words have traces of algae and sand, of a naked body embraced by the sea. The poets’ fragrant verses have seduced..

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Decolonizing Religion:Pragmatism and Latina/oReligious Experience

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pp. 226-246

The colonization of indigenous peoples in the Americas relied not only on harsh forms of physical subjugation—such as rape, torture, and death—but also on various forms of ideological control. U.S. Latino theologian Virgilio Elizondo describes this ideological control in terms of a violent attempt ‘‘to destroy the conquered’s inner worldvision, which gives cohesion and meaning...

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

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pp. 247-264

Over the gates that open to our modern age there hangs a sign, cast in iron but radiant like so many neon signs in Manhattan’s Times Square: ‘‘Knowledge shall make you free.’’ This is the shibboleth that since Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton, Galileo Galilei, and Rene´ Descartes has set apart our period from...

NOTES

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pp. 265-310

CONTRIBUTORS

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pp. 311-312

Index

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pp. 313-321


E-ISBN-13: 9780823249343
Print-ISBN-13: 9780823241361

Page Count: 320
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia