The Coloniality of Capitalism: Intersectional Theories of Capitalism from Latin America

Ashley Bohrer


Theories of race, gender, national origin, and immigration status are frequently underthematized in analyses of capitalism. Moreover, when attempts to conceptualize these axes are made, they are too frequently taken exclusively from theorists located in the global north. This paper seeks to explain and conceptualize the relationship between race, gender, nationality, and capitalism as articulated by Latin American critics of capitalism. Using Anibal Quijano's analysis of the coloniality of power, I argue that capitalism is inextricably sutured to a concept of colonial race that forms its animating core. Drawing on Maria Lugones, I argue that capitalism is also infected by what she calls 'the colonial/modern gender system', weaving race, gender, and capitalism together in the legacy of the colonial conquest. Looking at Sylvia Wynter, I argue that capitalism is the fabric that weaves together intersectional oppression in the contemporary world and that it is this weaving together that constitutes the meaning of contemporary capitalist subjectivity

Decoloniality - quijano - Lugones - subjectivity - latin america - race - gender - intersectionality