Coming in December of 2022 from Manchester University Press, edited by Paul Gilbert, Clea Bourne, Max Haiven and Johnna Montgomerie: Entangled Legacies: Race, finance and inequality.
Over 25 contributors from around the world have prepared short, accessible essays that take a striking image as a starting point to explore how today’s global financial structures are haunted by the ghosts of empire.
Written for newcomers and specialists alike, this unique collection traces the legacies of racism, colonialism and imperialism across a broad range of examples, from the City of London to the Australian outback, from Angola’s railways to China’s ghost cities, from the depths of the ocean to the ethereal world of data. It also tells stories of resistance and contestation, from Maori banks to radical muralists, from subtle gestures to mass uprisings.
With chapters on global commodities ranging from oil to clothing to the popular drink Milo, the authors in this collection take an interdisciplinary approach, melding political economy with cultural analysis, critical geography with historical acumen.
This book is both a fascinating journey for readers and an invaluable tool for teachers in many fields seeking to awaken students’ curiosity about how the global capitalist economy emerged from and reproduces racialized inequalities.
Provisional table of contents
|Introduction||Clea Bourne, Paul Gilbert, Max Haiven & Johnna Montgomerie|
|PART 1: BLOWOUTS|
|1||Pumpjacks, playgrounds & cheap lives |
|PART 2: CIRCULATIONS|
|4||Te Peeke o Aotearoa: Colonial and Decolonial Finance in Aotearoa New Zealand, 1860s-1890s |
|5||Both sides of the coin: Miss Liberty and the construction of ‘the New Native’ on currency in Oregon’s colonial period |
Syahirah Abdul Rahman
|PART 3: BORDERS|
|7||‘The trust will pursue debt through all means necessary’ |
|8||Hunger or indebtedness? Enforcing migrant destitution, racializing debt |
Eve Dickson, Rachel Rosen, and Kehinde Sorinmade
|9||Libre: Debt, discipline and humanitarian pretension |
|PART 4: EMERGENCE|
|10||‘Afro-pessmism’ and emerging markets finance |
|11||Dreams of extractive development: reviving the Benguela Railway in central Angola |
|12||Spectral Cities and Rare Earth Mining in the North China Plain |
|PART 5: GESTURES|
|13||Italy, Libya and the EU: co-dependent systems and interweaving imperial interests at the Mediterranean border |
|14||Racial capitalism and settler colonisation in Australia: Australian debts to Gurindji economies |
Holly Eva Katherine Randell-Moon
|15||Connected by a Blue Sweater: Ethical Narratives of Philanthrocapitalist Development |
|PART 6: PLAY|
|16||Eternal conflict |
|17||I am your dividend |
|PART 7: CONTROL|
|18||The shape of the stock exchange is shapelessness |
|19||Data centre seance: telepathic surveillance capitalism, psychic debt and colonialism |
|PART 8: IMAGINARIES|
|20||Mesoamérica Resiste: Staging the Battle over Mesoamerica – Capitalist Fantasies vs. Grassroots Liberation |
Debbie Samaniego & Felix Mantz
|21||Extractive scars & the lightness of finance |
Maria Dyveke Styve
|22||Imagined maps of racial capitalism |