chapter  5
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Thirdworldism and the imagination of global development

At times the ‘West’ excludes Latin America, which is surprising since most Latin Americans, whatever their ethnic origin, are geographically located in the western hemisphere, often speak a European tongue as their first language, and live in societies where European modes remain hegemonic. Our point is not to recover Latin America – the name itself is a nineteenth century coinage – for the ‘West’ but only to call attention to that arbitrariness of the standard cartographies of identity for irrevocably hybrid places like Latin America, sites at once Western and nonWestern, simultaneously African, indigenous, and European.