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Maps for a FiestaA Latina/o Perspective on Knowledge and the Global Crisis$
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Otto Maduro and Eduardo Mendieta

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263042

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263042.001.0001

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Oppression, Liberation, and Knowledge

Oppression, Liberation, and Knowledge

(p.58) 3. Oppression, Liberation, and Knowledge
Maps for a Fiesta

Otto Maduro

, Eduardo Mendieta
Fordham University Press

This chapter reflects on the interrelationships among knowledge of reality, domination, oppressive power, and the struggle for liberation on the part of the oppressed. In particular, it looks at circumstances in which unequal power and oppression are at play. It first considers the human need to freeze our maps of reality in simple, fixed ideas and goes on to discuss the demands of explicit theories to improve oppressive situations. It then examines the tendency to create external enemies, either because we suffer from oppression or because we fear the end of our power over others, and some links between knowledge and the search for power. It also explores some possible ways of understanding the very complex connections between power and truth.

Keywords:   knowledge, reality, domination, power, liberation, oppression, enemies, truth

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