Eurocentrism has ratings and 9 reviews. Karlo Mikhail said: Great overview of basic issues surrounding a Marxist critique of Eurocentrism. Now to go. Since its first publication twenty years ago, Eurocentrism has become a classic the European capitalist system, Amin presents a sweeping reinterpretation that. Samir Amin, Eurocentrism (trans. Russell Moore) (Monthly Review Press, ). The awakening of the Third World and the formation of nation states in the.

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Eurocentrism: Modernity, Religion, and Democracy: A Critique of Eurocentrism and Culturalism

Latin American critics in particular have provided analyses of Eurocentrism that link its epistemological dimension, that is Eurocentric knowledge, to economic aspects such as the organisation of global capitalism and economic exploitation see Quijano Many substantial critiques eeurocentrism Eurocentrism, such as Edward Said’s Orientalism or Samir Amin’s Eurocentrismhave focussed on the production of Eurocentric knowledge through Europe’s encounter with and construction uerocentrism the Orient as distinct entity.

The resulting localisation of the colonial divide between Orient and Occident has been found as failing to accommodate the Latin American experience Mignolo While both North and Latin America are considered part of the Occident, they were and continue to be affected eurocenntrism Eurocentrism in quite different ways.

With regards to their insertion into the global economy, the historical experience of the United States as part of the centre, for example, differs substantially from that of many Latin American countries whose productive sectors were organised so as to serve the needs of neo- colonial powers.

The way Eurocentric values structure inter-American relations becomes apparent in, to name but one area, development cooperation.

Here, US actors intervene in the name of liberal democracy and development in Latin American societies uerocentrism help them come closer to the universalized role model of the developed northern state.


On an intra-societal level, postcolonial studies have pointed out how Eurocentric categories, such as race, continue to structure relations among individuals in both North and South America, through, for example, the exploitation of migrant workers. Most prominently, the concepts of modernity, progress and universal history have been identified as inherently Eurocentric.

The standard account, as presented in encyclopaedias and European histories, captures modernity in terms of a self-contained European process of moral and economic progress.

The modern idea of universal history, that is the writing of history of humankind in a frame of progressive and linear time, has also been criticised as inherently Eurocentric.

Eurocentrism – Samir Amin – Google Books

This is because it construes the European development as following the normal and necessary course of history and consequently only accommodates the experience of other world regions in relation to it. The construction of the Americas through a European lens is epitomised by the fact that for a long time most eurocentrissm of American history started with the arrival of the settlers Muthyala Strategies deployed to challenge this Eurocentric master narrative have involved replacing discovery with disaster to stress the violence inherent in the process which was a key part of European modernity.

In contrast to more localised ethnocentrisms, Eurocentrism shapes the production of knowledge and its proliferation well beyond Europe and the western hemisphere. This is possible, critics argue, due to an epistemology which pretends that knowledge has no locus.

In western thought, Descartes’ proclamation of a separation of body and mind has led to an image of the cognisant subject as eurocentrisj from eudocentrism social, sexual and racial realities Grosfoguelpp. In consequence, analytical categories such as state, democracy, equality, etc.

This leads, according to Edgardo Landerp. As a means to challenge the hegemony of Eurocentric knowledge, indigenous universities have been founded in various Latin American countries. They demand that different ways of knowing be recognised as valid and suggest that indigenous knowledge can inspire new methodologies.


In sum, Eurocentrism is a concept coined by its critics, who analyse its complicity in upholding power structures that legitimise the devaluation of ways of living and the oppression of people eurocentgism do not conform to European norms and ideals.

As such, critiques of Eurocentrism have often been formulated in the name of those suffering from a Eurocentric organisation of the global economy and knowledge. However, given that Eurocentrism has been found to be entrenched in principles that structure knowledge and power relations all over the world, there is a concern that Eurocentrism limits the very possibility of critique by preventing those who are worst affected from speaking out and being heard see Spivak This remains a controversial debate.

Terms – Concepts – Critical Perspectives. Modernity, Religion, and Democracy. La poscolonialidad explicada a los ninos. Editorial Universidad del Cauca. Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference. The Globalization of American Studies. Quijano, Anibal and Immanuel Wallerstein. Cary Nelson and Lawrence Grossberg, Your browser does not support JavaScript! Jump to main content Jump to search form Jump to service icons.

Modernity, Universal History and the Americas Most prominently, the eurocentrizm of modernity, progress and universal history have been identified as inherently Eurocentric. Geopolitics of Knowledge In contrast to more localised ethnocentrisms, Eurocentrism shapes the production of knowledge and its proliferation well beyond Europe and the western hemisphere.

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