Decolonizing European Sociology (Global Connections) by Encarnacion Gutierrez Rodriguez, Manuela Boatcă, Sérgio

By Encarnacion Gutierrez Rodriguez, Manuela Boatcă, Sérgio Costa

Decolonizing ecu Sociology builds at the paintings demanding the androcentric, colonial and ethnocentric views eminent in mainstream eu sociology via deciding on and describing the approaches at paintings in its present serious transformation. Divided into sections prepared round topics like modernity, border epistemology, migration and 'the South', this publication considers the self-definition and uncomplicated strategies of social sciences via an evaluation of the recent theoretical advancements, corresponding to postcolonial thought and subaltern experiences, and whether or not they could be defined because the decolonization of the self-discipline. With contributions from a really overseas workforce of top social scientists, this quantity constitutes a distinct and tightly targeted exploration of the demanding situations provided by means of the decolonization of the self-discipline of sociology.

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The first efforts of critical deconstruction in this field take aim at the evolutionist idea of development drawn from modernization theory, according to which modernization involves the simple transfer of ways of life and of social structures found in Europe to the rest of the world. Thus, various works in the field of postcolonial studies show that development does not represent a mere process of irradiation of modern forms from Europe, but an interdependent transformation that simultaneously produces prosperity in the wealthiest nations and disadvantages for the poorest (see Pieterse and Parekh 1995; Dussel 2000; Escobar 2004; for an overview: Manzo 1999).

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