Financial Capital and Ghosts of Empire: Editorial

Bourne, Clea D.; Haiven, Max; Montgomerie, Johnna and Gilbert, Paul Robert, eds. 2024. Financial Capital and Ghosts of Empire: Editorial, Journal of Cultural Economy, . 1753-0350 [Edited Journal]

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In this special issue, we take up the metaphor of the ghost to identify the seemingly intangible yet undeniable persistence of racism, empire and colonialism in finance and the global capitalist economy. In the aftermath of a world system built through colonialism, imperialism and their race-making projects, we all emerge haunted by racial colonialism. Despite this differently-expressed but shared global condition, we also live in a world marked by a willed forgetfulness, occurring more broadly, and especially in fields like economics and political economy. We argue that in order to understand the cultural economy one must confront the ghostly aspects of it. This special issue contributes to the cultural economy of finance by demonstrating pivotal ways in which finance actually works. We do so by refracting the lens of contemporary financial activity to reveal hidden ghostly power relations connecting the past of empire and colonialism with the present of financialisation and coloniality.

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“This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Journal of Cultural Economy on 25 January 2024, available at: https://doi.org10.1080/17530350.2023.2264306. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.”

Articles so far published in this Special Issue (Online First):


Colonialism, Empire, Financial Capital, Ghosts, Hauntology, Racial Capitalism

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


25 January 2024

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04 Jan 2023 13:52

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25 Jan 2024 20:54


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