‘Decolonial Marxism' and Neozapatismo: Bridging Counterhegemonic Struggles in the Global North and South

Tuesday, July 15, 2014: 10:30 AM
Room: 301
Oral Presentation
Ana Cecilia DINERSTEIN , Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, BATH, United Kingdom
How can we understand the diversity of forms of radical counter hegemonic resistances within current processes of accumulation of capital, from a non-Eurocentric perspective? In this paper, I anticipate a conversation between two approaches to resistance: Decolonial School and Open Marxisms. By constructing the imaginary dialogue between these two perspectives I identify their theoretical strategies, limitations and mutual misrecognitions that prevent fruitful cross-fertilisation, in order to delineate a new direction in the study of counterhegemonic politics and social emancipation. To DS it is indispensable not only to recognise particular trajectories of experience of power, oppression and domination but also to overcome ‘both Eurocentric and Third World "fundamentalisms"' (Grosfoguel 2008). Marxists and political economists reproduce the ‘coloniality of power’ that movements in the South are struggling against. However, a DS fails to consider the material processes of emergence of counterhegemonic pluriversal resistance within and against new forms of accumulation of global capital. (Open) Marxists and radical political economists offer an adequate critique of global capital. They explain  how current forms of ‘accumulation by dispossession’ (Harvey 2003) and ‘crisis’ have changed the experience of oppression, exploitation and resistance. Yet, are they aware of the epistemic distortion implied in the (North-centric) character of their critique of capital? I offer the term ‘Decolonial Marxism’ to designate a form of critique that bridges diverse forms of counter hegemonic resistance within current processes of accumulation of capital from a non-North centric perspective. ‘Decolonial Marxism’ offers a new understanding of pluriversal forms of resistance against and beyond global. I also contend that Neozapatismo constitutes the practical and political embodiment of Decolonial MArxism for it bridges the struggles of indigenous, rural, urban counter hegemonic struggles, in the North and South, challenging in practice, the theoretical divide and allowing the incorporation of movements’ own theorising into the critique of capital.