Postcolonialism Meets Economics / Edition 1

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In the last half century, economics has taken over from anthropology the role of drawing the powerful conceptual worldviews that organize knowledge and inform policy in both domestic and international contexts. Until now however, the colonial roots of economic theory have remained relatively unstudied. This book changes that.
The wide array of contributions to this book draw on the rapidly growing body of postcolonial studies to critique both orthodox and heterodox economics. This book addresses a large gap in postcolonial studies, which lacks the type of sophisticated analysis of economic questions that it displays in its analysis of culture. The intellectual and disciplinary terrain covered within this book spans economics, history, anthropology, philosophy, literary theory, political science and women's studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415287265
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/18/2003
  • Series: Economics as Social Theory Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Eiman O. Zein Elabdin is Associate Professor and Chair of the Economics Deaprtment at Franklin & Marshall College, Pennsylvania.

S. Charusheela is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Hawai'I at Manoa.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface and acknowledgments
Introduction: economics and postcolonial thought 1
1 Articulating the postcolonial (with economics in mind) 21
2 Postcolonial thought, postmodernism, and economics: questions of ontology and ethics 40
Comment: On the possibility of a postcolonial economic analysis: a comment on Zein-Elabdin and Charusheela 59
Comment: Disciplining postcolonialism and postcolonizing the disciplines 65
3 Classical political economy and orientalism: Nassau Senior's eastern tours 73
4 Trading bodies, trade in bodies: the 1878 Paris World Exhibition as economic discourse 91
5 Economics and the postcolonial other 113
Comment: Economics as a colonial discourse of modernity 130
Comment: Political economy and postcolonial modernities 136
6 The hungry ghost: IMF policy, global capitalist transformation, and laboring bodies in Southeast Asia 145
7 Orientalism and economic methods: (re)reading feminist economic discussion of Islam 165
8 Writing economic theory another way 183
Comment: Creating spaces: a comment on contemporary discourses in economics 201
Comment: Ethicizing economics, or for that matter, any discourse 207
9 Hybrid thinking: bringing postcolonial theory to colonial Latin American economic history 215
10 Hegemony, ambivalence, and class subjectivity: southern planters in sharecropping relations in the post-bellum United States 235
11 Contested states, transnational subjects: toward a Post Keynesianism without modernity 253
Comment: Econometrics and postcolonial theory: a comment on the fluidity of race 271
Hybridity, hegemony, and heterodoxy: a new world 275
Index 281
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