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Imagining Economics Otherwise: Encounters with Identity/Difference
by Nitasha Kaul
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.
Submitted on 2013/09/09 at 7:43 pm
Economics on the Ropes: why Mainstream Economics is a Pseudo-Scientific Fantasy rooted in Ideology not Reality, by David Wells was self-published by Rain Press in October 2012 [276pp pb]. It develops the themes that I presented in talks at the AHE and IIPPE conferences in July 2011 (and also follows Power and Economics: the Failure of Ideology, 2001). It is currently being considered by a trade publisher, but copies are available to purchase: please contact me at email@example.com.
Endorsed by Ben Brangwyn in the Transition Network Facebook Group: “Must-read *Local Money* pamphlet. Miraculously, John Rogers has distilled everything you need to know on this subject into this very easily digested little tome. Seriously impressive.”
“People Money – the Promise of Regional Currencies” by Margrit Kennedy, Bernard Lietaer and John Rogers, published by Triarchy Press, July 2012: http://www.triarchypress.com/pages/Regional-Currencies-People-Money.htm
Endorsed by Hazel Henderson, author, systems thinker, developer of alternative economic indicators: “People Money is a comprehensive , real-time survey of all the robust, viable local currencies and credit-systems emerging worldwide .These are now vital to provide safety-nets as citizens cope with the assaults of “austerity” policies of “technocrats” guided by defunct economics and what behavioural scientists call “theory-induced blindness”. Economics was never a science and monetary policies based on its failed models are causing such widespread harm that the sensible solutions described in this book are now coming to light. This book is vitally important, not only to NGOs and concerned citizens , but also required reading for bankers, financiers and all economy policymakers looking for saner alternatives. ”
Endorsed by Charles Eisenstein, author “Sacred Economics”: “People Money is the single most useful and empowering book I have encountered for those wanting to get involved in the complementary currency movement. Its diverse real-life examples and insightful ‘how-tos’, embedded in deep theoretical understanding, will surely make it essential reading for activists, policy-makers, and economists interested in localization and sustainability.”
MORE REVIEWS on Amazon UK and Amazon US and at the publisher’s website: http://www.triarchypress.com/pages/People-Money_reviews.htm