Title Constructing the Pluriverse
Subtitle The Geopolitics of Knowledge
Author Bernd Reiter
ISBN 9781478000167
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 352
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Duke University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“Building on the call by Walter D. Mignolo and activists throughout Latin America for scholars to embrace a pluriverse of non-Western values, perspectives, and societies, this volume brings together scholars working in various postcolonial, decolonial, and alternative social theory modes. They question the hegemony of the Western tradition from a variety of perspectives, providing arguments for and examples of ways of thinking and living otherwise. Constructing the Pluriverse will be both widely read and well received by scholars across the humanities and social sciences, especially in the fields of anthropology, cultural studies, geography, and global, international, and Latin American studies.”

—John Pickles, coauthor of Articulations of Capital: Global Production Networks and Regional Transformations


The contributors to Constructing the Pluriverse critique the hegemony of the postcolonial Western tradition and its claims to universality by offering a set of “pluriversal” approaches to understanding the coexisting epistemologies and practices of the different worlds and problems we inhabit and encounter. Moving beyond critiques of colonialism, the contributors rethink the relationship between knowledge and power, offering new perspectives on development, democracy, and ideology while providing diverse methodologies for non-Western thought and practice that range from feminist approaches to scientific research to ways of knowing expressed through West African oral traditions. In combination, these wide-ranging approaches and understandings form a new analytical toolbox for those seeking creative solutions for dismantling Westernization throughout the world.

Contributors. Zaid Ahmad, Manuela Boatca, Hans-Jürgen Burchardt, Raewyn Connell, Arturo Escobar, Sandra Harding, Ehsan Kashfi, Venu Mehta, Walter D. Mignolo, Ulrich Oslender, Issiaka Ouattara, Bernd Reiter, Manu Samnotra, Catherine E. Walsh, Aram Ziai


Foreword. On Pluriversality and Multipolarity
Walter D. Mignolo

Bernd Reiter

Part I. Toward the Pluriverse

Chapter 1. Meeting at the Edge of Fear: Theory on a World Scale
Raewyn Connell

Chapter 2. One Planet, Many Sciences
Sandra Harding

Chapter 3. Transition Discourses and the Politics of Rationality: Toward Designs for the Pluriverse
Arturo Escobar

Chapter 4. On Pluriversality and Multipolar World Order: Decoloniality after Decolonization: Dewesternization after the Cold War
Walter D. Mignolo

Chapter 5. Internationalism and Speaking for Others: What Struggling against Neoliberal Globalization Taught Me about Epistemology
Aram Ziai

Part II. Other Ontologies

Chapter 6. Local Aquatic Epistemologies among Black Communities on Colombia’s Pacific Coast and the Pluriverse
Ulrich Oslender

Chapter 7. The Griots of West Africa: Oral Tradition and Ancestral Knowledge
Issiaka Ouattara

Chapter 8. Experimenting with Freedom: Gandhi’s Political Epistemology
Manu Samnotra

Chapter 9. Development as Buen Vivir: Institutional Arrangements and (De)Colonial Entanglements
Catherine Walsh

Part III. Other Sciences and Epistemologies

Chapter 10. Caribbean Europe: Out of Sight, out of Mind?
Manuela Boatca?

Chapter 11. How Spinoza and Elias Help to Decenter Our Understanding of Development: A Methodological Research Proposal on the Pluriverse
Hans-Jürgen Burchardt

Chapter 12. In Quest of Indigenous Epistemology: Some Notes on a Fourteenth-Century Muslim Scholar, Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406)
Zaid Ahmad

Chapter 13. Aneka¯ntava¯da: The Jaina Epistemology
Venu Mehta

Part IV. Rethinking Politics, Democracy, and Markets

Chapter 14. First People of the Americas: Lessons on Democracy, Citizenship, and Politics
Bernd Reiter

Chapter 15. Iran’s Path toward Islamic Reformism: A Study of Religious Intellectual Discourse
Eshan Kashfi

Bernd Reiter



About the Editor:

Bernd Reiter is Professor of Political Science at the University of South Florida; author of The Crisis of Liberal Democracy and the Path Ahead and The Dialectics of Citizenship: Exploring Privilege, Exclusion, and Racialization; and coeditor of Bridging Scholarship and Activism: Reflections from the Frontlines of Collaborative Research and The Making of Brazil’s Black Mecca: Bahia Reconsidered.

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It will be both widely read and well received by scholars across the humanities and social sciences, especially in the fields of anthropology, cultural studies, geography, and global, international, and Latin American studies.

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