Santiago Castro-Gómez
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana/ Instituto Pensar (Colombia)


Contrary to most of the statements associated with postcolonial studies and to some versions of the modernity/coloniality perspective, this article argues for the relevance of a hierarchic theory of power, inspired by Foucault’s lesser commonly read Lessons in the College of France, to understand the articulations along different planes of the modern/colonial world system.

Keywords: postcolonial studies, hierarchic theory, coloniality, world system, Foucault.