The Coloniality of Gender as a Radical Critique of Developmentalism

  • Rosalba Icaza
  • Rolando Vázquez


Co-writing this piece has meant our putting into words the deeply personal, painful and fruitful process that has meant engaging with the ideas of María Lugones — an ongoing process in which our subjectivities are shifting and some kind of joint perspective emerges from the vestiges of what is left in each of us as products of gender-specific developmentalist policies in Latin America. This pain allows us to feel/think/sense the coloniality of Eurocentric social sciences and of some feminisms (Icaza 2013a, 2013b). In this text, we co-construct an engagement from this troubled and ongoing process to think together about coloniality through a critical reconsideration of ‘gender’. We will show how ‘gender’ is an analytical category that has been widely used and misused in development discourses and interventions during the last three decades (Icaza and Vazquez 2013).


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