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Decolonial turn and Latin America

The aim of this article is to present the history and thought of the Modernity/Coloniality (M/C) Group, from its split away from subaltern - Latin Americans and Indians - , cultural and postcolonial studies in the late 90s. The group made a crucial epistemological move for critical and utopian renewal of social sciences in Latin America in the 21st century: the radicalization of the post-colonial argument through the ideia of "decolonial turn." At first, we draw a brief genealogy of postcolonialism. Subsequently, we present the establishment of the M/C group and some central concepts created and shared by its main exponents. The paper intends to invite the reader to this unfamiliar debate in social science and political theory in Brazil.

post-colonialism; subaltern studies; Modernity; decolonial turn; Latin America


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