The entangled legacies of empire

Race, finance and inequality

Edited by Paul Gilbert, Clea Bourne, Max Haiven and Johnna Montgomerie

The entangled legacies of empire


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6344-8
  • Pages: 328
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: January 2023
  • BIC Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Economy, Economics, finance, business & management / Economic history, Finance, Economics, finance, business & management / Political economy, Economics, Sociology, Sociology, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism, Society & social sciences / Sociology


More than 25 experts from around the world have contributed to this unique and provocative book. In a series of illuminating short essays, each author has presented a striking image as an invitation to consider the ghosts of colonialism and imperialism in today's global economy. In defiance of those who claim that today's capitalist system is free of racism and exploitation, this book shows that the past is not behind us, it defines our world and our lives.

This book takes the reader on a global tour, from Malaysia to Canada, from Angola to Mexico, from Libya to China, from the City of London to the Australian outback, from the deep sea to the atmosphere. Along the way we meet the financiers, artists, advertisers, activists and everyday people who are grappling with the entangled legacies of empire.


Introduction - Clea Bourne, Paul Gilbert, Max Haiven & Johnna Montgomerie

Part I: Blowouts
1 Pumpjacks, playgrounds & cheap lives - Imre Szeman
2 'Boom' - Tracy Lassiter
3 Spillcam - Alysse Kushinski

Part II: Circulations
4 Te Peeke o Aotearoa: Colonial and decolonial finance in Aotearoa New Zealand, 1860s-1890s - Catherine Comyn
5 Both sides of the coin: Miss Liberty and the construction of 'the New Native' on currency in Oregon's colonial period - Ashley Cordes
6 Milo - Syahirah Abdul Rahman

Part III: Borders
7 'The trust will pursue debt through all means necessary' - Kathryn Medien
8 Hunger or indebtedness? Enforcing migrant destitution, racializing debt - Eve Dickson, Rachel Rosen and Kehinde Sorinmade
9 Libre: Debt, discipline and humanitarian pretension - Christian Rossipal

Part IV: Emergence
10 'Afro-pessimism' and emerging markets finance - Ilias Alami
11 Dreams of extractive development: reviving the Benguela Railway in central Angola - Jon Schubert
12 Spectral cities and rare earth mining in the North China Plain - Linsey Ly

Part V: Gestures
13 Italy, Libya and the EU: co-dependent systems and interweaving imperial interests at the Mediterranean border - Alessandra Ferrini
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 - Zenia Kish

Part VI: Play
16 Eternal conflict - Oded Nir
17 I am your dividend - Ben Stork

Part VII: Control
18 The shape of the stock exchange is shapelessness - Laura Kalba
19 Data centre seance: telepathic surveillance capitalism, psychic debt and colonialism - Jacquelene Drinkall

Part VIII: Imaginaries
20 Mesoamérica Resiste: staging the battle over Mesoamerica - capitalist fantasies vs. grassroots liberation - Debbie Samaniego and Felix Mantz
21 Extractive scars & the lightness of finance - Maria Dyveke Styve
22 Imagined maps of racial capitalism - Gargi Bhattacharyya



Clea Bourne is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University, London

Paul Gilbert is a Senior Lecturer in International Development at the University of Sussex

Max Haiven is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University, Canada

Johnna Montgomerie is Head of the Department of European and International Studies and Professor of International Political Economy at King's College, London

The entangled legacies of empire

Edited by Paul Gilbert, Clea Bourne, Max Haiven, Johnna Montgomerie

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