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Decolonizing EpistemologiesLatina/o Theology and Philosophy$
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Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz and Eduardo Mendieta

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823241354

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823241354.001.0001

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Methodological Notes toward a Decolonial Feminism

Methodological Notes toward a Decolonial Feminism

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(p.68) Methodological Notes toward a Decolonial Feminism
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Decolonizing Epistemologies
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María Lugones

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823241354.003.0004

María Lugones’ essay begins by reasserting the importance of understanding the inseparability of race and gender and the coalitional meaning of Women of Color: a term that reveals the self as well as reality as multiple by indicating a complex social construction that includes how Women of Color are perceived by others as inferior as well as how they reject such a construction. Lugones’ valuing of coalitional understanding and praxis emphasizes how collectivities and communities are the fractured locus from which emerges a subjective/intersubjective understanding of self. The essay then complicates the understanding of racialized gender by introducing the “coloniality of gender,” emphasizing that this is not merely a classification but also refers to the process of dehumanizing people to fit them into this category. To oppose the coloniality of gender, Lugones introduces “decolonial feminism” as a kind of theory which frees subjugated knowledges. The essay ends with a call to coalition building that has a starting point in the fractured locus that oppressing →← resisting peoples have in common.

Keywords:   Coloniality of gender, decolonial, feminism, intersubjectivity, race

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