The entangled legacies of empire: Race, finance and inequality

Gilbert, Paul Robert; Bourne, Clea D.; Haiven, Max and Montgomerie, Johnna, eds. 2023. The entangled legacies of empire: Race, finance and inequality. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526163448 [Edited Book]

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This collection focuses on the way the legacies of empire, race and colonialism persist in the present: from the early days of settler colonialism to contemporary extractive industries, from direct colonial rule to racist border regimes. The racialized dimensions of Covid-19 and uprisings against anti-Black police violence of 2020 remind us that the afterlives of colonialism, empire and racism profoundly shape the global economy. Addressing themes as diverse as children's play equipment, the origins of money, and oil, this urgently needed volume will be of interest to students, activists, journalists and anyone who intends to learn about how empire, race and colonialism continue to influence the global economy. This highly readable book offers twenty-four global snapshots contributed by established and emerging scholars, artist and curators, alongside an incisive editorial introduction that makes the links from past to present with clarity and conviction.

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Section I - Borders: Empire, Debt and Migration
1 No Recourse to Public Funds - Eve Dickson and Rachel Rosen
2 The Trust will pursue debt through all means necessary - Kathryn Medien
3 Humanitarian Pretence - Christian Rossipel

Section II - Emergence: Race, Extraction and Opportunity
4 Afro-pessimism' and emerging markets finance - Ilias Alami
5 Dreams of Extractive Development: Reviving the Benguela Railway in Central Angola - Jon Schubert
6 Landscapes of Absence: Rare Earths Mines, Chinese State Capital and Spectral Cities - Linsey Ly

Section III - Blowouts: Oil, Finance and Empire
7 Spillcam - Alysse Kushinski
8 Pumpjacks, Playgrounds and Cheap Lives - Imre Szeman
9 Boom - Tracy Lassiter

Section IV - Imaginary: Folds, Scars and Racial Capitalism
10 Mesoamérica Resiste - Debbie Samaniego and Feliz Mantz
11 The Weight of Scars - Maria Dyveke Styve
12 Imagination touches the shadows: what and where is racial capitalism? - Gargi Bhattacharyya

Section V - Gesture: Ethics, Encounters and Extraction
13 Italy, Libya and the EU: imperial interests at the Mediterranean border - Allesandra Ferrini
14 Australian debts to Gurindji economies - Holly Randall-Moon
15 The Blue Sweater - Zenia Kish

Section VI - Circulations: Objects, Currency and Nostalgia
16 Te Peeke o Aotearoa - Catherine Comyn
17 Miss Liberty and Imperial Nostalgia - Ashley Cordes
18 Milo - Syahirah Abdul Rahman

Section VII - Play/Security: Time, Childhood and Investment
19 Sderot's playground - Oded Nir
20 I am your dividend - Ben Stork

Section VIII - Control: Space, Data and Architecture
21 Rupert's House Beaver Preserve - Karla McManus
22 Data Centre Séance - Jacquelene Drinkall
23 The shape of Stock Exchange is shapelessness - Laura Kalba
24 Data Markets: The Morning News - Beate Geissler

Afterword: Threads and Traces of Race, Empire and Finance


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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies > Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy
Politics > Political Economy Research Centre


January 2023

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14 Feb 2022 09:30

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30 May 2023 08:57


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