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Piel blanca, máscaras negras. Crítica de la razón decolonial

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Lo decolonial está de moda. En América Latina, los estudios decoloniales han conseguido cierto éxito académico en los últimos años, particularmente en las ciencias sociales y las humanidades. Sin embargo, sus ideas centrales no dejan de presentar inconsistencias y contradicciones que es necesario examinar. Hasta el momento, las críticas se encontraban dispersas, en textos aislados o debates truncos. Con este libro colectivo, por primera vez es reunido un conjunto de trabajos que, desde una pluralidad de perspectivas y lugares, desarrolla una crítica documentada y rigurosa a los estudios decoloniales y a sus principales autores. En este sentido, el libro busca ser una especie de contrafuego que permita, por un lado, contrarrestar los efectos de una moda intelectual que encierra peligros, no sólo en el ámbito académico, sino también en lo político. Por el otro, porque resulta cada vez más imprescindible distinguir los estudios decoloniales de un anticolonialismo activo, basado en las alternativas descolonizadoras que construyen pueblos y comunidades frente a las formas actuales del despojo capitalista, y en nombre de las cuales los autores decoloniales pretenden hablar. Así, en el contraste de las luchas anticoloniales reales, caerán las máscaras fabricadas en su nombre.
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