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South Asian Studies October 6, 2020

Brand New Nation

Capitalist Dreams and Nationalist Designs in 21st-Century India

Ravinder Kaur

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It is 21st century commonsense that India is an “emerging” economy. But how did this common sense itself emerge? How did India’s global image shift from that of a poverty-infested Third World country to that of a frontier of boundless economic opportunity? In her nimbly researched and lucidly narrated new book Brand New Nation: Capitalist Dreams and Nationalist Designs in Twenty-First-Century India (Stanford UP, 2020), Prof. Ravinder Kaur tracks the …
South Asian Studies September 16, 2020

Shareholder Cities

Land Transformations Along Urban Corridors in India

Sai Balakrishnan

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In the thoroughly researched, lucidly narrated new book Shareholder Cities: Land Transformations Along Urban Corridors in India (University of Pennsylvania Press), Sai Balakrishnan (Assistant Professor of City and Urban Planning …
African American Studies July 17, 2020

The Broken Heart of America

St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States

Walter Johnson

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St. Louis, Missouri is the city with the highest rate of police shootings in the United States. It’s the city with an 18 year difference in life expectancy between Black …
Food July 14, 2020

The Government of Beans

Regulating Life in the Age of Monocrops

Kregg Hetherington

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By the time Bolivian President Evo Morales was deposed in December 2019, it had become increasingly clear that Latin America’s Pink Tide – the wave of left-leaning, anti-poverty governments which …
British Studies May 8, 2020

Making the Modern Slum

The Power of Capital in Colonial Bombay

Sheetal Chhabria

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In the 1870s, as colonial India witnessed some of the worst famines in its history where 6-10 million perished, observers watched in astonishment as famished people set out for the …
Anthropology January 7, 2020

The Power of Debt

Identity and Collective Action in the Age of Finance

Hannah Appel, Sa Whitley, Caitlin Kline

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As the upcoming 2020 U.S. election finally brings questions of economic justice center stage, this episode discusses the powerful short open-source book The Power of Debt: Identity and Collective Action …
South Asian Studies August 7, 2019

Ground Down by Growth

Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st Century India

Alpa Shah

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A recent UNDP report makes the astonishing claim that India has halved its poverty between 2006 and 2016. Moving us past the rosy picture, Alpa Shah and her co-author's multi-authored …
Film June 7, 2019

Dead Pledges

Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First Century Culture

Annie McClanahan

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When teaching a public course called “The Age of Debt” this winter break, I had the strange realization that one of the the most successful readings in that course, the …
Art May 24, 2019

Politicizing Creative Economy

Activism and a Hunger Called Theater

Dia Da Costa

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In a world where heritage, culture, creativity, and the capacity to imagine are themselves commodified and sold under the banner of neoliberal freedom, (how) can art be harnessed for anti-capitalist …
Southeast Asian Studies January 7, 2019

Land’s End

Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier

Tania Li

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If you want to read just one book to properly understand capitalism, let it be Tania Li’s award-winning 2014 book Land’s End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier (Duke University …
South Asian Studies December 5, 2018

Landscapes of Accumulation

Real Estate and the Neoliberal Imagination in Contemporary India

Llerena Searle

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Few who have visited India in the past two decades will have failed to noticed the sudden and spectacular urban transformation that has taken place in many of its cities …
South Asian Studies November 27, 2018

Financializing Poverty

Labor and Risk in Indian Microfinance

Sohini Kar

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Is microfinance the magic bullet that will end global poverty or is it yet another a form of predatory lending to the poor? In her new book Financializing Poverty: Labor …