Anomie, Resurgences, and De- Noming
Walter D. Mignolo
nomos (noun)
1. a law, convention, or custom governing human conduct
2. (Greek mythology) the daemon of laws and ordinance
—Collins En glish Dictionary (2011)
Customary; ordinary;— applied to the usual En glish spelling, in distinction from
strictly phonetic methods.
—Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
anomie or anomy (n.)
1. Social instability caused by erosion of standards and values.
2. Alienation and purposelessness experienced by a person or a class as a result of a lack
of standards, values, or ideals: “We must now brace ourselves for disquisitions on peer
pressure, adolescent anomie and rage” (Charles Krauthammer).
—American Heritage Dictionary of the En glish Language (2000)
Resurgence (n.)
1. A continuing after interruption; a renewal.
2. A restoration to use, ac cep tance, activity, or vigor; a revival.
—The Free Dictionary online
Global Linear Thinking and the Second Nomos of the Earth
This book is intended to confront Carl Schmitt’s nomos of the earth and, as
the editors put it in their introduction, “documents the antagonistic forms
of autonomy that are moving away from the Western coordinates of the plan-
etary nomos.” This is indeed one of the crucial aspects of our time that will,
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