Fals-Borda illuminates our path and our vision in many different ways. First of all, we are very clear as to truly understanding what he means by the South; it is us, people from below the equatorial line down to the Antarctic Circle, especially in the Western Hemisphere. We Americans from the South are turning our heads to ourselves to gain a deeper introspection. We are starting to truly perceive who we are, what we are made of, and what our dreams and goals are. We have travelled a long way influenced by truths spoken by others for other contexts. At some point in history we made them fit, or tried rather, into our own background. Mistake many would say; necessity others would agree; part of a process is our understanding. This is true in many different fields of action, including academia.
The need was felt instead, by many of us in the South, to look for different kinds of explanation, not only to gain a more clear understanding of the conflictual social processes that affected our lives but also to assist in re-channeling collec-tive energies toward a better course of action for justice and equity. (p. 1)