Edited By Flocel Sabaté
Hybridization, Transculturation, and Translation. Europe through the Lens of Latin America
University of Antwerp – Catholic University of Leuven
Una lucha de fronteras / A Struggle of Borders
Because I, a mestiza,Continually walk out of one cultureAnd into another,Because I am in all cultures at the same time,Alma entre dos mundos, tres, cuatro,me zumba la cabeza con lo contradictorio.Estoy norteada por todas las voces que me hablanSimultáneamente.
Anzaldúa, Borderlands / La Frontera. The new mestiza1
It is commonplace to consider Latin America as “the other West” and to analyze this continent’s history and reality under the Eurocentric lens of a process of “Westernization”. In a compilation of essays edited by Miguel Angel Centeno and Fernando López-Alves under the title of The Other Mirror. Grand Theory through the Lens of Latin America this vision is inverted to analyze and critically rethink the grand theories of Social ← 39 | 40 → Sciences from a Latin American reality.2 Starting with the confirmation that in recent decades references to Latin America in the most influential academic publications on Social and Political Sciences are few and far between, the editors seek to encourage dialogue between the Social Sciences and Latin American Studies in order to examine what Latin America can contribute to the grand theories. Through this exercise it was ascertained that when the latter are placed in front of the Latin American mirror new facets are revealed which encourage innovative readings of the classic theories devised in Europe. According...
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