On the Disadvantages of “Global South” for Latin American Studies

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Pablo Palomino


This article reconstructs the genealogy of the figure of the “global south” from the 1970s to current uses in policy, academic, and political discourses in several countries, to point out its limitations and its unintended ideological consequences. It discusses its connections with similar earlier figures like Antonio Gramsci’s “southern question” and the “third world,” establishing continuities and differences. After tracing the uses of the “global south” in several disciplinary fields, it contrasts them, through specific examples, with the way in which scholars in Latin American Studies have analyzed the history of capitalist globalization and the social and political responses to it more effectively.

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Palomino, P. (2019). On the Disadvantages of “Global South” for Latin American Studies. Journal of World Philosophies, 4(2), 22-39. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/jwp/article/view/3113
Author Biography

Pablo Palomino

Pablo Palomino is a cultural historian trained at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at the University of Chicago’s Center for Latin American Studies and History department before joining Emory University’s Oxford College, where he is currently assistant professor and Mellon Faculty Fellow. His first book, The Invention of Latin American Music: A Transnational History, is forthcoming in Oxford University Press in Spring 2020.