621.3 Caio prado júnior, marxism and coloniality of knowlodge

Saturday, August 4, 2012: 9:40 AM
Faculty of Economics, TBA
Oral Presentation
Vinicius FORTE , Sociology, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
Marina MESQUITA , Antropology, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
The focus in this paper is to indicate the Caio Prado Júnior’s Marxist theory about the Portuguese colonialism in Brazil as a way to understand this experience in a non-Eurocentric perspective. According to this historian, the meaning of the Portuguese colonization it was to explore all the Brazilian wealth. Because of this fact, Brazil was introduced under a subordinate condition in the Modern World-System since his birth. Thus, the Caio Prado Júnior’s concept of meaning of the colonization refutes mechanical transpositions of Marxists conceptions in non-Western contexts, because it emphasizes the Brazilian’s formation specificities. So the criticism of Caio Prado Júnior over the Iberian colonialism can also be understood as a critique of the coloniality of knowledge within the Marxism.