Global South ‘in Theory’ and Southern Epistemology

Luigi Cazzato (Università di Bari)

Abstract

Il saggio offre una riflessione sulla categoria di ‘Sud globale’, partendo da Cultura e imperialismo di Edward Said per finire all’ultimo lavoro di Jean and John Comaroff Theory from the South, inserendosi quindi nel dibattito teorico contemporaneo sul futuro del ‘mondo meridionale’. Dai tempi di Said, il pianeta ha visto cambiamenti radicali e all’asse della guerra fredda Est-Ovest si è sostituito quello postcoloniale Nord-Sud, con la complicazione dell’emergenza della Cina come potenza capitalista mondiale in quanto Est. Complicanze che il saggio cerca di districare attraverso le posizioni, fra gli altri, di Achille Mbembe che riflette sul destino africano legato all’ascesa cinese e di Franco Cassano con la sua speranza in una epistemologia del Sud, non ancora divorata dal fondamentalismo capitalista.

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