ISBN 9780415484503,Imagining Economics Otherwise : Encounters With Identity/Difference

Imagining Economics Otherwise : Encounters With Identity/Difference


Nitasha Kaul


Taylor And Francis



Taylor And Francis

Publication Year 2009

ISBN 9780415484503

ISBN-10 0415484502


Number of Pages 281 Pages
Language (English)


Is It 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 Relation 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. This 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.

Contents Of The Book :

Part I: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
1. The Anatomy Of A Discipline
Part Ii: Rooting And Routing Economics
2. Enlightenment Epistemology And The Subject-World Of Economics
Part Iii: Issues Of Knowledge And The Question Of Difference
3. Modernist Rendition Of Knowledge And The Question Of Difference
Part Vi: Juxtaposing Questions Of Identity And The Economic
4. Identity Problematics
5. Economics And Identity
6. Rethinking Identity Translationally And Reconsidering The Economic
Part V: In Conclusion
7. Writing Economic Theory An Other Way