||Globalization, Capitalism and Development
Anup K. Dhar
||University of Calcutta;;Ambedkar University;;University of Kalyani
||Cambridge University Press, 2016
||Cambridge University Press
This book theorizes India’s economic transition in the post-liberalization period (1991–2014). First, it builds on a critical and post-Orientalist Marxian theory and post-Freudian psychoanalysis, thus addressing the fundamental, but generally demoted question ‘what is transition’? It asks: what qualifies as an experience of transition? When and in which context do we say, this is indeed transition? And, when can we say this is not transition? Does the concept of transition then encapsulate change as well as non-change? What emerges in the book as a general theorization of transition is the dialectic between movement and staticity, transformation and invariance. Such theorization of transition is also put in dialogue with post-Gramscian theories of hegemony. Second, the framework of... transition and hegemony so engendered is deployed to challenge existing and dominant renditions of India’s economic transition and in the process enable a competing explanation. Facilitated by the overdetermination of neoliberal globalization and inclusive development, the authors argue that transition entails the march of capitalism in which the ongoing processes of ‘class exploitation’ and ‘original accumulation’ as also the language–logic–experience–ethos of ‘world of the third’ are foreclosed in hegemonic formations, as also buried as the living dead.