Crossing Racial Borders: The Epistemic Empowerment of the Subaltern explores critically the racial, socioeconomic, historical, and political contemporary conditions of the lived experiences of the subaltern, the oppressed. Through the lens of the decolonial school of thought developed by Latin American thinkers and scholars, this text focuses on the identification and analysis of the subalterns’ praxis of living, thinking, knowing, and doing. The contributors delve into the subalterns’ agency at work and how their [inter]subjective/reflective actions, gestures, and thoughts are deep-seated in subverting and resisting the material and symbolic coloniality of power's exploitation, categorization, and oppression. Drawing from sociological, anthropological, literary, and historical approaches, a new set of ideas and rationalities uncovers and challenges the complicities of modernity/coloniality (power-pattern-matrix) through new narratives and discursive epistemic-frames of empowerment and agency.
Lenita Perrier is doctor of social anthropology at École Des Hautes Études En Sciences Sociales, Paris and author of Couleur de Peau et Reconnaissance Sociale (2016) and L’Altérité et L’Identité à L’Epreuve de la Fluidité (2018).
Luis Martínez Andrade is doctor ofsociology at École Des Hautes Études En Sciences Sociales, Paris and author of Religion Without Redemption: Social Contradictions and Awakened Dreams in Latin America (2015); Feminismos A La Contra (2019); Ecología y Teología De La Liberación: Critica De La Modernidad/Colonialidad (2019); Textos Sin Disciplina: Claves Para Una Teoría Crítica Anticolonial (2020).
Lenita Perrier and Luis Martínez Andrade
Necropolitics and Race // Hunger, Violence, and Invisibility
Chapter 1: Necropolitics and Coloniality of Power in Latin America
Luis Martínez Andrade
Chapter 2: Decoloniality and Reading Carolina Maria de Jesus in Public School
Veruschka de Sales Azevedo
Chapter 3: Rhythms of the Margins: Subversive Decolonial Narratives and Practices
Catarina de Figueiredo Ramos
Chapter 4: Afro-Brazilian Perspectives and Decolonial Thought
Nádia Maria Cardoso da Silva
Crossing Racial Borders // Whiteness, Fraud, and Silencing
Chapter 5: Black-White-Coloniality: Race in a Transmodern Decolonial Setting
Chapter 6: Coloniality through Whiteness: Brazilian Academia and the Exclusion of Black Students’ Rights
Sales Augusto dos Santos
Chapter 7: The Decolonial Poetics in Torto Arado
Janaína de Figueiredo
Chapter 8: Virgínia Leone Bicudo and Her Perspective of the “Outsider Within.” What She Saw that Donald Pierson Did Not
Interview with Anthropologist and Professor Ari Lima / “Ari’s Case Twenty Years After”
Interview with Professor of Arabic Studies and Comparative Literature Amal Eqeiq / “The (Hi)story Is Not Over”
About the Contributors
"Crossing Racial Borders: The Epistemic Empowerment of the Subaltern offers an indispensable understanding and is full of accurate assessments of the miseries of contemporary ‘peripheral’ capitalism from the angle of the decolonial aspect. In the face of modern barbarism, the book's analysis encourages how the decolonization of power and knowledge can be an instrument of resistance in the battle of struggles and ideas."
"This book, Crossing Racial Borders, is a remarkable body of scholarship. It encourages us to think more deeply about decoloniality from the lived experiences of racialised populations in the Global South. The essays and interviews bring up the voices of artists, scholars, and authors who turn decoloniality into a productive framework to address race, modernity, and empowerment. This book is a compelling contribution to critical thinking in our troubled times."
"This book contributes necessary layers and sharpened dimensions to anti-racist decolonial thought. It draws from diverse epistemic undercurrents of the colonial world system—from Black funk, autobiographies, literature, the intellectual endeavors of black scholars and activists, critical whiteness studies, and Palestinian transnational feminist thought. The interaction of such knowledges seep into the crevices and fissures from which other worlds are not only possible but long in the making."