The Nation State, Decoloniality and the Non-Nation State

The Daily Guardian

For quite a few decades now, decoloniality has emerged in Latina America as a powerful critique of the Eurocentric or Western-centric nature of the Post-colonial discourse. Broadly, as a construct, decoloniality posits that despite legal and physical decolonization of former colonies, overt and subconscious coloniality:

(a) persists in the State institutions inherited by Post-colonial States;

(b) affects their thinking at the societal level and

(c) manifests itself even at the level of an individual.

In fact, existing scholarly literature on the subject suggests that in Post-colonial states, coloniality was and remains most pronounced in the minds of the Western-educated native ruling elites who continue to view their own societies and cultures through the erstwhile colonizer’s gaze. As a consequence, proponents of decoloniality agree that the entrenchment of its antonym is disturbingly the deepest in the most fundamental and vital aspects of Post-colonial societies, namely production of knowledge, education and legal systems.

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