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Colonial Trauma and Postcolonial Anxieties

The Haunted Choices of Economic Development

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In the 1980s and early 1990s, East Asia economic development was hailed as a miracle. Economists saw it as a model the world could follow: its visionary leadership, its egalitarian values and its future-oriented industrial strategy. For Maureen Sioh, this model has an underside, grounded in the legacies of colonial traumas. These traumas repeat themselves, producing a far more anxious and complex postcolonial legacy than most recognise or acknowledge. In this provocative and passionate book, Sioh brilliantly explores economic development as an ongoing struggle for survival and human dignity. In doing so, she addresses the core questions of global economic development: What are the lasting legacies of colonialism? How can we know what development is? Is economic development only about wealth generation?

Steve Pile, Professor of Human Geography, The Open University

This book is a tour de force, convincingly demonstrating that the psyche is not trivial or secondary but central to economic decision-making. Focusing on postcolonial Malaysia, Sioh brilliantly maps the wounds of trauma and anxiety in economic crisis and ‘miracle’.

Ilan Kapoor, author of Confronting Desire: Psychoanalysis and International Development and Professor of Critical Development Studies, York University, Toronto

Economic growth, development, progress … belying these self-evidently rational aspirations are unconscious drives for the repair and restitution of psychic wounds running deep within the postcolonial world. Exploring the libidinal economy of the Malaysian state, Sioh expertly brings into relief the anxieties and trauma that surreptitiously play out in the seemingly staid realm of economic policy. Haunted Choices is an important work, marking the beginning of a turn in political economy to the therapeutic.

Earl Gammon, Senior Lecturer in Global Political Economy, University of Sussex

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Forlag
Routledge
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9781315440279
Utgivelsesår
2024

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In the 1980s and early 1990s, East Asia economic development was hailed as a miracle. Economists saw it as a model the world could follow: its visionary leadership, its egalitarian values and its future-oriented industrial strategy. For Maureen Sioh, this model has an underside, grounded in the legacies of colonial traumas. These traumas repeat themselves, producing a far more anxious and complex postcolonial legacy than most recognise or acknowledge. In this provocative and passionate book, Sioh brilliantly explores economic development as an ongoing struggle for survival and human dignity. In doing so, she addresses the core questions of global economic development: What are the lasting legacies of colonialism? How can we know what development is? Is economic development only about wealth generation?

Steve Pile, Professor of Human Geography, The Open University

This book is a tour de force, convincingly demonstrating that the psyche is not trivial or secondary but central to economic decision-making. Focusing on postcolonial Malaysia, Sioh brilliantly maps the wounds of trauma and anxiety in economic crisis and ‘miracle’.

Ilan Kapoor, author of Confronting Desire: Psychoanalysis and International Development and Professor of Critical Development Studies, York University, Toronto

Economic growth, development, progress … belying these self-evidently rational aspirations are unconscious drives for the repair and restitution of psychic wounds running deep within the postcolonial world. Exploring the libidinal economy of the Malaysian state, Sioh expertly brings into relief the anxieties and trauma that surreptitiously play out in the seemingly staid realm of economic policy. Haunted Choices is an important work, marking the beginning of a turn in political economy to the therapeutic.

Earl Gammon, Senior Lecturer in Global Political Economy, University of Sussex

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