The Debate on Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital

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Verso, 2017 - POLITICAL SCIENCE - 298 pages
Leading thinkers' critiques of award-winning Postcolonial Theory, as well as the author's responses and reformulations

Vivek Chibber's Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital was hailed on publication as "without any doubt ... a bomb," and "the most substantive effort to dismantle the field through historical reasoning published to date." It immediately unleashed one of the most important recent debates in social theory, ranging across the humanities and social sciences, on the status of postcolonial studies, modernity, and much else.

This book brings together major critics of Chibber's work to assess the efficacy of his argument from differing perspectives. Included are Chibber's own spirited responses and reformulations in light of these criticisms. With contributions by Partha Chatterjee, Gayatri Spivak, Bruce Robbins, Ho-fung Hung, William H. Sewell, Jr., Bruce Cumings, George Steinmetz, Michael Schwartz, David Pederson, Stein Sundstøl Eriksen, and Achin Vanaik.

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About the author (2017)

Rosie Warren is Assistant Editor at Verso Books, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Salvage.

Vivek Chibber is Professor of Sociology at New York University and the author of Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital and Locked in Place: State-Building and Late Industrialization in India, which won the Barrington Moore, Jr. Prize. He has contributed to, among others, the Socialist Register, American Journal of Sociology, Boston Review and New Left Review.

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