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Title: Fragmented Identities
Subtitle: Explorations from the Perspectives of Liberation Theologies and Postcolonial Studies
Author(s): SILBER, Stefan
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 42    Issue: 3   Date: 2019   
Pages: 323-334
DOI: 10.2143/LS.42.3.3286897

Abstract :
This article contends that the concept of identity has always changed, and is currently changing under the critique of epistemologies from the Global South. Postcolonial studies and Liberation Theology serve as hermeneutical bases to map the epistemological field of identity construction. Both postcolonialism and liberation theologies point to the fact that identities cannot be considered and named without taking into account the power relations in which they find themselves. Nonetheless, constructions of identity are indispensable for the political struggle, but must always take into account the fragmentarity and dynamics of cultural identities. The indigenous people of the Lecos in Bolivia represent a starting point to the concept of identity.

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