Imagining Economics Otherwise: Encounters with Identity/Difference (Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy) Hardcover – 4 Oct 2007
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It is possible to be 'irrational' without being 'uneconomic'? What is the link between 'Value' and 'values'? What do economists do when they 'explain'? We live in times when the economic logic has become unquestionable and all-powerful so that our quotidian economic experiences are defined by their scientific construal. This book is the result of a multifaceted investigation into the nature of knowledge produced by economics, and the construction of the category that is termed 'economic' with its implied exclusions. It is an attempt to think economics 'otherwise', that is, a questioning of economics as if difference mattered.Nitasha Kaul re-examines certain understood ways of thinking about economics as a discipline, especially in elation to questions of identity and difference. This book explores the notion that economics is not a timeless, universal, objective science but a changing response to the problems of knowledge and administration. The epistemological inheritance of economics is 'rooted' in the enlightenment, and it also inherits the liberal paradoxes of that age.Kaul argues that the juxtaposition of identity with economic (culture/economy) is essential, and can only be achieved by critiquing establishment economists' discourse on identity, and taking feminist poststructural and postcolonial work seriously. The author challenges the assumption that there is a simple linkage between the category economic, the entity economy and the study of economics. She envisions an economics in the plural: contextual, social, political-econo-mixes.The book brings together some of the most urgent topics of the day - the power of economics as a discipline, the questions of difference and the politics of identity, and feminist perspectives on this. It will be particularly relevant to heterodox economists, feminist theorists, postcolonial studies scholars, social and cultural theorists, philosophers and history of ideas or intellectual history of thought scholars.
About the Author
Nitasha Kaul (www.nitashakaul.com) is an economist, novelist, theorist, poet. She has a joint doctorate in Economics and Philosophy and was previously a tenured Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Economics department at the Bristol Business School. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster in London, and an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at the Royal Thimphu College in Bhutan. She speaks within and outside academia, and has published books, essays in edited volumes, journal articles, and newspaper comments on the diverse themes of identity, economics, critical social theory, democracy, technology, gender, civic governmentality, and politics of knowledge production. Her novel Residue was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2009. Her next book is a scholarly monograph on the history, politics, and economy of Bhutan, the land of Gross National Happiness (GNH).
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9 October 2008
Economics Otherwise transcends Economics even as it critiques some of the engrained notions that structures this discipline. Only an author with a deep and wide understanding of Economics could write abook that evaluates its concepts in the light of philosphy and critical theory. For the first time theorising is not just an intellectual argument but the genuine reflections that draw from experience and critical thinking. A remarkable book that should be enlightening for ardent economists and reassuring for sociologists, political scientists and cultural theorists.