In Defense of a Peripheral Epistemology: Exploring “Decolonial Cognitive Triggers” for Epistemic Disobedience in Urban Peripheries

Fernando Lannes Fernandes (Lead / Corresponding author), Heloisa Melino (Lead / Corresponding author), Jailson de Souza e Silva

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This paper presents an approach to decolonial thinking and epistemological disobedience through what we call “decolonial cognitive triggers”. It is based on the struggles of urban peripheral communities in Brazil and explores eight triggers in the making of a Peripheral Epistemology. The unique points of our reflection are the sociocultural practices emerging from urban peripheral communities in Brazil and their responses to structural racism. As a part of this, we will explore the concepts of potência and convivência as core components of the decolonial debate, as well as their role in enabling epistemic disobedience in urban peripheries. We conclude by suggesting shifts in policy-making directed towards urban peripheries through the recognition and incorporation of such concepts and triggers.
Original languageEnglish
Article number240
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2024


  • Peripheral epistemology
  • Urban peripheries
  • Global South
  • Epistemic disobedience

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