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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

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

María Lugones

Fordham University Press

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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