Postcolonialism Meets Economics
Routledge – 2003 – 304 pages
Series: Economics as Social Theory
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.
Part 1. The Space of Postcoloniality Part 2. Economics as a Colonial Discourse of Modernity Part 3. Economics as a Contemporary Hegemonic Discourse Part 4. Toward a Non-Modernist Economic Analysis
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.