Postcolonial approaches to understanding economies are of increasing academic and political significance as questions about the nature of globalisation, transnational flows of capital and workers and the making and re-making of territorial borders assume centre stage in debates about contemporary economies and policy. Despite the growing academic and political urgency in understanding how 'other' cultures encounter 'the west', economics-oriented approaches within social sciences have been slow to engage with the ideas and challenges posed by postcolonial critiques. In turn, postcolonial approaches have been criticised for their simplistic treatment of 'the economic' and for not engaging with existing economic analyses of poverty and wealth creation. Utilising examples drawn from India to Latin America, and bringing together scholars from a range of disciplines, including Geography, Economics, Development Studies, History and Women's Studies, Postcolonial Economies breaks new ground in providing a space for nascent debates about postcolonialism and its treatment of 'the economic'.
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About the Author
Jane Pollard is a researcher whose interests embrace geographies of money and finance and their intersection with regional economic development. She sits on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Economic Geography, Geography Compass and Growth and Change.
Cheryl McEwan is the author of Gender, Geography and Empire and Postcolonialism and Development, and is co-editor of Postcolonial Geographies. She is currently Editor (Development Section) of Geography Compass and sits of the Editorial Board of the RGS-IBG/Blackwell Book Series.
Alex Hughes is Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography at Newcastle University in the UK. She is co-editor of Geographies of Commodity Chains.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Postcolonial Economic Lives - The EditorsSection 1: Theorising the economic 1. Can Political Economy be Postcolonial? A Note - Dipesh Chakrabarty 2. Postcolonial Theory and Economics: Orthodox and Heterodox - Eiman O. Zein-Elabdin 3. Acts of theory and violence : Can the worlds of economic geographies be left in tact? - Roger Lee 4. Economic Geographies as Situated Knowledges - Wendy LarnerSection 2: Postcolonial understandings of the economic 5. Cultural Econo-Mixes of the Bazaar - Nitasha Kaul, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, London 6. Bridging the Legal Abyss: Hawala and the Waqf? - Hilary Lim 7. Postcolonial geographies of Latin American migration to London: towards a materialist perspective - Cathy McIlwaineSection 3: Postcolonial economies: policy and practice 8. Development and Postcolonial Takes on Biopolitics and Economy - Christine Sylvester 9. Postcolonial economies of development volunteering - Pat Noxolo Conclusion - The Editors