At the turn of the second millennium, the sign of the South underwent a dramatic reconfiguration. It no longer stands for just debt, deprivation, and dystopia in the eyes of the world. It is also seen as an emerging market—a place of hope, optimism, and possibilities, even the future of capitalism. Shaped in manifold contradictions, the South inheres both tantalizing visions of limitless economic growth and vast reserves of yet “untapped” natural resources and, at the same time, environmental damage, eroding infrastructures, violent inequalities, and the increasing disposability of human life. The South represents a moment of uncertainty in the history of capitalism that brings the human condition itself into question. This conversation addresses the contradictions and indeterminacy, difficulties and possibilities, and the uncertain futures that might await both the South and the North alike.
Southern Futures: Thinking through Emerging Markets Ravinder Kaur in Conversation with Keith Hart and John Comaroff
Ravinder Kaur is an associate professor of modern South Asian studies, University of Copenhagen, where she also directs the Center for Global South Asian Studies. She is the author of Since 1947: Partition Narratives among Punjabi Migrants of Delhi (Oxford University Press, 2018) and coeditor of several journal special issues, including “Governing Difference: Identity, Inequity and Inequality in India and China” (Third World Quarterly), “Aesthetics of Arrival: Spectacle, Capital, Novelty in Post-reform India” (Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power), and “Social Mobility in Post-reform India” (Contemporary South Asia). She currently leads a collective research program titled “Emerging Worlds: Ethnographic Explorations of ‘New’ South-South Connections” (2014–19).
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Ravinder Kaur; Southern Futures: Thinking through Emerging Markets Ravinder Kaur in Conversation with Keith Hart and John Comaroff. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 1 August 2018; 38 (2): 365–376. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/1089201x-6982134
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