Race and Coloniality in Argentina: The Invisibility of Colour

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Type Other chapter contribution
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking the Modern
Subtitle of host publicationColonialism, Empire, and Slavery
PublisherBritish Sociological Association
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventRethinking the Modern: Colonialism, Empire, and Slavery - Birmingham, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Duration: 11 Jul 201112 Jul 2011

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ConferenceRethinking the Modern: Colonialism, Empire, and Slavery
CountryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
CityBirmingham
Period11 Jul 201112 Jul 2011
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Abstract

This chapter explores the configuration of race and coloniality in a highly Europeanised social scenario: Argentina. Coloniality and the strategies of decolonization are more often studied in places where indigenous communities are vigorous and robust such as Bolivia or Ecuador. The chapter argues that far from being irrelevant to such debates, the case of Argentina demonstrates an intense deployment of the occidental paradigm and episteme through which racialised others are excluded and made invisible within national identities, discussing both Native Argentines and Afro-Argentines. I argue that Argentina can contribute significant insights into techniques of coloniality through Whitening, and discuss three implications for decolonial politics: the importance of visiblization; the ambiguities of mestizaje; and the need to interrogate Whiteness.