chapter  5
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SHIFTING THE GEOPOLITICS OF CRITICAL KNOWLEDGE: DECOLONIAL THOUGHT AND CULTURAL STUDIES ‘OTHERS’ IN THE ANDES Catherine Walsh

As most everywhere in the globe, the production of knowledge in Latin America has long been subject to colonial and imperial designs, to a geopolitics that universalizes European thought as scientific truths, while subalternizing and invisibilizing other epistemes. This dominant geopolitics of knowledge extends to both the Right and the Left, present even in the theoretical and ideological frames that orient many of those recognized (by the academy) as the producers and proponents of critical thought and theory.