Epistemologies of the South: Justice Against Epistemicide

Front Cover
Routledge, Nov 17, 2015 - Political Science - 284 pages
This book explores the concept of 'cognitive injustice': the failure to recognise the different ways of knowing by which people across the globe run their lives and provide meaning to their existence. Boaventura de Sousa Santos shows why global social justice is not possible without global cognitive justice. Santos argues that Western domination has profoundly marginalised knowledge and wisdom that had been in existence in the global South. She contends that today it is imperative to recover and valorize the epistemological diversity of the world. Epistemologies of the South outlines a new kind of bottom-up cosmopolitanism, in which conviviality, solidarity and life triumph against the logic of market-ridden greed and individualism.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Manifesto for Good LivingBuenVivir
Introduction Creating a Distance in Relation to Westerncentric
Beyond the Modern Game
Is There a NonOccidentalist West?
Why the
Against the Waste
Ecologies of Knowledges
Differing and Sharing

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2015)

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He is director of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and has written and published widely on the issues of globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, social movements, and the World Social Forum. He has been awarded several prizes, most recently the Science and Technology Prize of Mexico, 2010, and the Kalven Jr. Prize of the Law and Society Association, 2011. Among his many books in English are "The Rise of the Global Left: The World Social Forum and Beyond" (Zed Books 2006) and "Law and Globalization from Below: Towards a Cosmopolitan Legality" (co-editor; Cambridge University Press 2005).

Bibliographic information