The Global South and world dis/order

Journal Article

The "Global South" is a fashionable expression. It appears in academic journals, in the title of university academic centers, among activists around the world. I argue that from the perspective of capitalism and expansion of Western values, the "Global South" is the location to be developed economically and liberated from non-democratic regimes. From the perspective of the emerging political society, the "Global South" is where liberation from Western democratic rhetoric to justify economic takeover and cultural management is taking place. I show how the very concept of "Global South" came about, replacing that of the "Third World" after the collapse of the Soviet Union. I end the article by mapping five trajectories, discernible in the present, that are orienting global futures and I further argue that they cannot be understood properly without understanding the economic, political, and epistemic conflict that make the "Global South" a current location of global conflicts. Copyright © by The University of New Mexico.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mignolo, WD

Published Date

  • January 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 67 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 165 - 188

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-7710

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3998/jar.0521004.0067.202

Citation Source

  • Scopus