The Economy of Anticipation: Speculation and Special Economic Zones in South India

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Abstract

The export processing or free trade zones that have been built since the 1960s across Central America and the Caribbean, north Africa and the Gulf states, South and South East Asia have emerged as uniquely charged objects of anticipation - hope, conviction and anxiety - about the capitalist future as much as sites of speculative investment in financial futures. This paper sets out to broaden our engagement of the diverse futures invested in these large-scale industrial infrastructure projects by examining the 'economy of anticipation' upon which they are built.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-437
Number of pages13
JournalComparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

Keywords

  • India
  • future
  • temporalities
  • special economic zones
  • liberalisation

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