Racism and coloniality: The invention of “HUMAN(ITY)" and the three pillars of the colonial matrix of power (racism, sexism, and nature)

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The issue at stake is social classification, which includes social class. Racism is not exactly what catches the eye. On the surface, racism is a question of content and identification based on biological markers (blood, skin color, hair, and nose shape, as well as language, religion, nationalities). Beneath the surface are the principles of classification and ranking that sustain and characterize racism. Racism is one fundamental aspect of the logic of coloniality: someone who has the privilege to classify and someone who has to endure classification.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mignolo, WD

Published Date

  • January 1, 2017

Book Title

  • The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Race

Start / End Page

  • 461 - 474

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781315884424

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4324/9781315884424

Citation Source

  • Scopus