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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 December 2015) 35 (3): 392–407.
Published: 01 December 2015
...Ritu Birla First regulated as gambling, even as similar practices abroad were formalized in private exchanges and consolidated in boards of trade, vernacular futures trading in India foregrounds speculation as a problem of law and governing. This essay addresses the colonial management of...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 December 2015) 35 (3): 387–391.
Published: 01 December 2015
...Laura Bear; Ritu Birla; Stine Simonsen Puri Speculation structures the unprecedented breadth and depth of contemporary global capitalism. We define it as an engagement with uncertainty that aims to materialize potential futures. Studies of economization and financialization have highlighted the...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 December 2016) 36 (3): 465–482.
Published: 01 December 2016
... article uncovers the emergence of a housing and rent market in Calcutta predicated on notions of housing rights as an outgrowth of worker protest and militancy, on the one hand, and market speculation in land and housing on the other. This tension opened up a space for colonial intervention, one that drew...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 December 2015) 35 (3): 408–423.
Published: 01 December 2015
... been dominant. Instead this article draws on the anthropology of divination to argue that capitalist action is provoked by technologies of the imagination that generate speculation. These issues are explored in the context of changing forms of governance of the Hooghly riverine economy by bureaucrats...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 December 2015) 35 (3): 438–450.
Published: 01 December 2015
... land under speculative conditions. The growing demand for land for urbanization and industrialization, along with the availability of speculative finance capital in the real estate market, has made land a scarce commodity. In this land market, local capitals piggyback on finance capital and bid up the...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 December 2015) 35 (3): 466–480.
Published: 01 December 2015
...Stine Simonsen Puri In this article I focus on prediction in an Indian gambling market. The article is based on my long-term fieldwork at Delhi Racecourse, which offered a microcosm in which to examine speculations on future uncertainty. I argue that these speculations are oriented toward...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 May 2010) 30 (1): 58–68.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Walid El Khachab Sufis' theory of ghorba (estrangement or exile) underlies here a reflection on exile in contemporary Arab cultures. Hence Ibn al-Arabi's speculations on ghorba in Al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya shed a new light on Arjun Appadurai's notion of “ethnoscape.” The Sufi concept of ghorba paves...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 December 2010) 30 (3): 434–448.
Published: 01 December 2010
... Empire in the reign of Suleyman I (1520–66). The Chinese near contemporary of Suleyman, the Zhengde emperor (1505–21), promoted his reign as a continuation of the Mongol Empire, called himself by the title Sheikh `Alam, and took other measures that engendered speculation of his conversion to Islam. This...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 December 2014) 34 (3): 437–439.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Timothy Mitchell Infrastructures are both durable yet fragile, hidden but ever present, solidly embedded in the collective world yet open to speculation and uncertainty. The essays in this section of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East volume 34, number 3, explore the many...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 December 2014) 34 (3): 497–517.
Published: 01 December 2014
... water by a single reservoir, Björkman’s essay highlights the social and political fields through which water-shortage risk is encountered, as well as the everyday practices to which such risks give rise. Water risk, it is argued, inhabits a landscape of rumor, stealth, and speculation—on materialities...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 August 2016) 36 (2): 293–306.
Published: 01 August 2016
...Neville Hoad This essay analyzes Lauren Beukes's 2010 novel, Zoo City , as a complicated set of allegories of environmental disaster, HIV/AIDS, xenophobic violence, and contemporary African identity. It argues that Zoo City , as a speculative fiction of sorts, is deeply informed by South African...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 August 2018) 38 (2): 377–395.
Published: 01 August 2018
... for valuable commodities led to the discovery of the new world in an earlier age, the early twenty-first century is characterized by the rediscovery of that familiar world along the speculative index of untapped national enclaves—signaling potentiality and accessibility—rapidly opening up across...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 December 2012) 32 (3): 484–491.
Published: 01 December 2012
... comparative literature in Iran. The second deals with the present state of comparative literature programs and journals at Iranian universities and academic centers. This section investigates the main challenges facing this discipline in Iran. The last part speculates on the future trends and directions of...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 December 2015) 35 (3): 424–437.
Published: 01 December 2015
... capitalist future as much as sites of speculative investment in financial futures. This essay 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. © 2015 by Duke...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 December 2015) 35 (3): 481–485.
Published: 01 December 2015
... that is solid melts into money. Speculation is the motor of this dreamwork and in this afterword, I discuss how the essays in this section have provoked me to propose this unorthodox lens on capitalism, with inspiration from thinkers such as Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin, and Fredric Jameson, all of...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 May 2015) 35 (1): 137–155.
Published: 01 May 2015
... allowed dense antelope populations to develop within protected areas where they could be easily studied. The discovery of the kob’s territoriality encouraged speculation about the fundamental nature of the territorial instinct and contributed to the biologization of postcolonial conservation. In the 1960s...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 December 2015) 35 (3): 486–491.
Published: 01 December 2015
... critic might direct toward specific artists, or singular artworks. These questions assume added significance against the backdrop of a rapidly globalizing museum culture, supported by the concomitant rise in museum construction as supportive infrastructure for new sites of spectacle and speculation...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 December 2015) 35 (3): 385–386.
Published: 01 December 2015
... impact and reorganize social life. The opening section on speculation investigates the magical and the everyday practices of anticipation that run alongside, suspend, or displace the formal knowledges of calculation often taken to characterize the economic. While much of the anthropology of finance...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 December 2016) 36 (3): 377–378.
Published: 01 December 2016
...- gence of a property market in colonial Calcutta was both a response to (new) claims to the right to housing and the occasion for new modes of market speculation. This essay, with its focus on colonial discourses of risk and value in the management...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (1 August 2016) 36 (2): 227–228.
Published: 01 August 2016
... shifts our focus to an urban context and analyzes Lauren Beukes’s dystopian speculative fiction novel Zoo City and its allegories of environmental disaster, HIV/AIDS, xenophobic violence, and belonging. Clare Counihan’s interview with artist Nomusa Makhubu reflects on the role of the artist in...