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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  • ISBN: 9781526163448
  • Publish Date: Jan 2023
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6344-8
    • Pages: 352
    • Price: £90.00
    • Published Date: January 2023


    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 - Paul Robert Gilbert, Clea Bourne, Max Haiven and Johnna Montgomerie

    Part I: Blowouts
    1 Pumpjacks, playgrounds and 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: Lady 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 colonization 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: Sderot's underground playground - Oded Nir
    17 I am your dividend - Ben Stork

    Part VII: Control
    18 'The shape of the Stock Exchange is shapeless' - Laura Kalba
    19 Data Centre Séance: 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 and the lightness of finance - Maria Dyveke Styve
    22 Imagined maps of racial capitalism - Gargi Bhattacharyya


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

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

    Max Haiven is Canada Research Chair in the Radical Imagination at Lakehead University

    Johnna Montgomerie is 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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