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Radical Philosophy Review

Volume 8, Issue 1, 2005

Nelson Maldonado-Torres
Pages 35-67

Decolonization and the New Identitarian Logics After September 11

This essay examines the relationship between Americanism, the distinctive ideology of the U.S. American empire, and the predominant discourse in the age of its war on terror, and Eurocentrism, its competing ideology but nonetheless also its ally in defending the West against different "barbarian" threats. It characterizes them as two different forms of hegemonic identity politics: one based in the idea of the particularity of culture, and the other on the idea of universality. A different form of discourse based on the struggles of the traditional targets of those two ideologies is proposed here as an alternative basis for a different historical project centered on the idea of decolonization.

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