About Aparna Gopalan

NBN Episodes hosted by Aparna:

Annie McClanahan, "Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First Century Culture" (Stanford UP, 2018)

December 28, 2023

Dead Pledges

Annie McClanahan
Hosted by Aparna Gopalan

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 i…

Sailen Routray, "Everyday State and Politics in India: Government in the Backyard in Kalahandi" (Routledge, 2017)

August 2, 2021

Everyday State and Politics in India

Sailen Routray
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Set in the eastern state of Odisha in a district known as the “Somalia of India,” Everyday State and Politics in India: Government in the Backyard in …

Ravinder Kaur, "Brand New Nation: Capitalist Dreams and Nationalist Designs in 21st-Century India" (Stanford UP, 2020)

October 6, 2020

Brand New Nation

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 fr…

Sai Balakrishnan, "Shareholder Cities: Land Transformations Along Urban Corridors in India" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2019)

September 16, 2020

Shareholder Cities

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 Pennsyl…

Walter Johnson, "The Broken Heart of America" (Basic Books, 2020)

July 17, 2020

The Broken Heart of America

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 expec…

Kregg Hetherington, "The Government of Beans: Regulating Life in the Age of Monocrops" (Duke UP, 2020)

July 14, 2020

The Government of Beans

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…

Sheetal Chhabria, "Making the Modern Slum: The Power of Capital in Colonial Bombay" (U Washington Press, 2019)

May 8, 2020

Making the Modern Slum

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 f…

Mythri Jegathesan, "Tea and Solidarity: Tamil Women and Work in Postwar Sri Lanka" (U Washington Press, 2019)

May 5, 2020

Tea &amp

Mythri Jegathesan
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In recent years, commodity chain analysis – the scholarly effort to piece together the production and consumption ends of various commodities – has re…

H. Appel, S. Whitley, C. Kline, "The Power of Debt: Identity and Collective Action in the Age of Finance" (IID, 2019)

January 7, 2020

The Power of Debt

Hannah Appel, Sa Whitley, Caitlin Kline
Hosted by Aparna Gopalan

As the upcoming 2020 U.S. election finally brings questions of economic justice center stage, this episode discusses the powerful short open-source bo…

Alpa Shah, et al., "Ground Down by Growth: Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st-Century India" (Pluto Press, 2017)

August 7, 2019

Ground Down by Growth

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 a…

Dia Da Costa, "Politicizing Creative Economy: Activism and a Hunger Called Theater" (U Illinois Press, 2016)

May 24, 2019

Politicizing Creative Economy

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…

Tania Li, "Land’s End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier" (Duke UP, 2014)

January 7, 2019

Land’s End

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 …

Llerena Searle, "Landscapes of Accumulation: Real Estate and the Neoliberal Imagination in Contemporary India" (U Chicago Press, 2015)

December 5, 2018

Landscapes of Accumulation

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…

Sohini Kar, "Financializing Poverty: Labor and Risk in Indian Microfinance" (Stanford UP, 2018)

November 27, 2018

Financializing Poverty

Sohini Kar
Hosted by Aparna Gopalan

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 Financiali…