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12 May 2011
ISBN: 9781848134058
248 pages
216mm x 138mm

Development, Economics, Geography, Politics, Cultural Studies, Sociology and Social Policy

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Postcolonial Economies

Edited by Jane Pollard, Cheryl McEwan and Alex Hughes

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'.


'Transcending the conventional postcolonial arena of literary and cultural studies, 'Postcolonial Economies' signals that postcolonialism has lost none of its potential to provoke and surprise; setting fresh agendas.'' - Professor James D Sidaway, University of Amsterdam

'This innovative collection rises to the theoretical and methodological challenge of bringing together into constructive dialogue the often antagonistic literatures on postcolonialism and (political) economy. With vibrant chapters drawing on material from across the globe, and examples from Islamic financial institutions to creative literature, Postcolonial Economies points to fascinating theoretical and politically-engaged directions for future research.' - Dr Jo Sharp, University of Glasgow

'This collection presents an exciting mix of scholars attuned to the productivity of postcolonial thinking who are listening, watching, moving around and toward economies in new ways. The editors and authors break new ground, expanding both the scope of postcolonial analysis and established understandings of the economic, and thereby opening up provocative research agendas.' - Katherine Gibson, Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy University of Western Sydney

Table of Contents

Introduction: Postcolonial Economic Lives - The Editors
Section 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 Larner
Section 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 McIlwaine
Section 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

About the Authors:

Jane Pollard's research interests embrace geographies of money and finance and their intersection with regional economic development. Recent work explores the role of different financial intermediaries in regional economic development, entrepreneurs' construction and navigation of their financial networks and the diversity of financial and other knowledges that generate economic co-ordination in different social, cultural, religious and demographic contexts. Over the last decade she has published articles in journals such as Antipode, Area, the Journal of Economic Geography, Environment and Planning A, Geoforum, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and Urban Studies. Her recent book chapters include pieces in Pike et al. (2010) Handbook of local and regional economic development, Phillips (2009) Spaces of hope for Muslims (Zed Books) and Fuller et al. (2009) Interrogating alterity (Ashgate). She sits on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Economic Geography, Geography Compass and Growth and Change.

Cheryl McEwan's main research interests include the geographies of citizenship, democracy and transformation in South Africa, the lived experiences of postcoloniality in the global North and South, and the role of postcolonial theory within social science research. Recent work explores the potentially productive engagement between postcolonial theory and development studies, and the role of ethical trade in transforming working conditions and engendering empowerment in South Africa's wine industry. She is author of Gender, Geography and Empire (Ashgate, 2000) and Postcolonialism and Development (Routledge, 2008), and is co-editor of Postcolonial Geographies (Continuum, 2002). She has published numerous articles in a wide range of journals in geography and the social sciences. 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. Her research focuses on commodity chains, ethical trade and the spatiality of corporate responsibility practised through supply chains. She has written on the dynamics of ethical codes in the Kenyan horticultural industry, the corporate strategies adopted by UK and US retailers with respect to the responsible management of their supply chains and the knowledge economies constructing ethical learning in this sector. She is co-editor (with Suzanne Reimer) of Geographies of Commodity Chains (2004).