Chapter 4: Postdevelopment and Decoloniality: a politics of authenticity and disavowal
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The chapter focuses on the work of Escobar (Postdevelopment) and Mignolo (Decoloniality), who draw attention to the knowledge/power and Eurocentric dimensions of development. It argues that their critique of the governmentality and coloniality of development, while politically significant, gives way to a naïve ‘pluriversality’, tending toward an uncritical romanticization of postcolonial spaces. It claims that what is missing psychoanalytically is the dimension of the unconscious, that is, an acknowledgement of the contradictions and struggles inherent to any politics that impedes attempts at social purity or harmony; and what are disavowed are the structural challenges of global capitalism, resulting in an unconscious acceptance of capitalism.

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