SeifDa'Na; Khoury, Laura
March 2013
International Review of Modern Sociology;Spring2013, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
In the classics of sociology there is a 'civilizing gaze' of reality embedded in the archetype of civilization vs. barbarism and a predatory ethic. What shapesthis modern discipline since its foundation a Eurocentric rationality that does not express a 'universal truth' because there is no such thing nor does it account for other than a white middle classcondition. This paper argues that the 'geopolitics of knowledge' or hegemonic sociological paradigms constantly treated western societies as organic totalities, higher in the epistemological hierarchy, and employed central concepts and theories that depreciates and neglects the value of the 'other' and that constructing an 'indigenous sociology' finds itself constantly depending solely on western categories and concepts and seems like it will not be capable to depart from the trap of 'epistemological imperialism' that silenced it -as the 'other'- even while studying it, but the de-linking from the rhetoric of modernity and the logic of 'coloniality' -as necessary step towards freeing those epistemologies that were subalternized- has commenced though not strictly in the field of sociology.


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