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By Jane Pollard, Cheryl McEwan, Alex Hughes

Postcolonial techniques to figuring out economies are of accelerating educational and political value as questions on the character of globalisation, transnational flows of capital and staff and the making and re-making of territorial borders think centre level in debates approximately modern economies and coverage. regardless of the turning out to be educational and political urgency in figuring out how 'other' cultures come upon 'the west', economics-oriented techniques inside of social sciences were gradual to interact with the guidelines and demanding situations posed by way of postcolonial opinions. In flip, postcolonial ways were criticised for his or her simplistic therapy of 'the financial' and for no longer enticing with latest fiscal analyses of poverty and wealth creation.

applying examples drawn from India to Latin the USA, and bringing jointly students from various disciplines, together with Geography, Economics, improvement reviews, historical past and Women's reports, Postcolonial Economies breaks new flooring in delivering an area for nascent debates approximately postcolonialism and its therapy of 'the economic'.

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Without rehashing the details of this argument, one may note that its different versions share two major features. First, they either expressly draw on Marxian philosophy (Ahmad 1992, 1995; Dirlik 1997; San Juan 1999; Parry 2004) or are critically informed by it (McClintock 1994; Hall 1996). Second, although in these interventions a transparent concept of culture is rarely articulated, what generally comes across reflects a theoretical separation between a realm of ideas and meaning, and one of political economy or material phenomena.

Books on physics – as distinct from those on history of science – seldom teach the history of thought in the physical sciences. So why should the practitioners of political economy be concerned about the murky origins of their analytical categories? Has not the dross of all particularistic thought been drained away as they have morphed as effective analytical tools? Here, I think the answer is both yes and no. To the extent that political economy (or social science categories) can speak the language of mathematics, that is to say, to the extent that it does not speak prose, political economy can indeed claim to have become something like the universal languages of the physical and mathematical sciences.

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