NITASHA KAUL
THEORY: THE REACTIVE
Knowledge creation is already a form of ethics, politics, strategy, subjectivity, Reason, and being.
THIS PAGE IS CURRENTLY BEING UPDATED. PLEASE SEE THE ALREADY UPDATED CV AND RESIDUE PAGES.

This page will gather my books, essays, articles, working papers on the diverse themes of identity, economics, critical social theory, democracy, technology, civic governmentality in urban markets, subaltern geopolitics and imperial history in Himalayas, politics of knowledge production, and Bhutan.


My social science research has a 'contextual social political economy' (CSPE) outlook - starting from an issue/context and then finding the ways to understand it, travelling across academic disciplines if necessary (instead of beginning from the toolkit of one discipline and then 'applying' it to the world). My scholarly work has always been interdisciplinary critical social theory, and over time, on different topics, I have addressed audiences from political economy, politics, sociology, human geography, social anthropology, gender studies/feminism, literary theory, and philosophy of social science. I value these connexions and argue for a move beyond narrow disciplinarity and spurious scientism, in order to re-engage with the world on several levels.

IMAGINING ECONOMICS OTHERWISE reflects this continuous
caravan of concerns: identity, society, political economy, the ethical reality of other people, the weight of history, the significant promise of working for futures.





An interview about value and values: http://www.sidint.net/the-need-to-reconnect-value-with-values/

Here's the book blurb:

"Is it possible to be 'irrational' without being 'uneconomic'? What is the link between 'Value' and 'values'? What do economists do when they 'explain'? We live in times when the economic logic has become unquestionable and all-powerful so that our quotidian economic experiences are defined by their scientific construal.

This book is the result of a multifaceted investigation into the nature of knowledge produced by economics, and the construction of the category that is termed 'economic' with its implied exclusions. It is an attempt to think economics Otherwise, that is, a questioning of economics as if difference mattered. It explores the notion that economics is not a timeless, universal, objective science but a changing response to the problems of knowledge and administration. The epistemological inheritance of economics is 'rooted' in the enlightenment, and it also inherits the liberal paradoxes of that age.

The juxtaposition of identity with economic (culture/economy) is essential, and can only be achieved by critiquing establishment economists' discourse on identity, and taking feminist poststructural and postcolonial work seriously. The author challenges the assumption that there is a simple linkage between the category economic, the entity economy and the study of economics. She envisions an economics in the plural: contextual, social, political econo-mixes. The book brings together some of the most urgent topics of the day-the power of economics as a discipline, the questions of difference and the politics of identity, and feminist perspectives on this."

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SNAPSHOTS OF A CHANGING KINGDOM: DEMOCRACY AND IDENTITY IN BHUTAN
book coming soon.




See Power to the People, an essay about the transition to democracy in Bhutan.

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Some other essays:


'Hindutva Politics of Hate: Shall I count the ways? (A few things I wasn't able to discuss with BJP leader Ram Madhav during his Al Jazeera interview)' where I argue that the 2014 general election was a watershed moment for post-colonial India since it brought to power a national government that combines Hindu supremacism, economic neoliberalism and social conservatism. 

'Why the New Film About the Gang Rape and Murder of Jyoti Singh Is Required Viewing' where I argue that people must see India's Daughter (a documentary about the 2012 Delhi Gang Rape and murder case) since the way in which it has been received, and the grounds on which it has been banned by the Indian government and criticized by some Indian feminists, opens a wider conversation about the trans/international concept of global feminist solidarity in the postcolonial world.

'Beyond Maps, Beyond Nations
which argues that the state of the world today is inextricably linked to its nation-states and asks why all humanity and conscience should weaken at the national border controls?

'Fashion: Theory and Praxis'
deconstructing Fashion as the construction of an object-sign-image designed to provoke the desire of consumption and conformity.

'The Idea of India and Kashmir'
about how Kashmir has been bracketed with India in postcolonial modernity. In spite of the legal ambiguities surrounding its accession to the Indian Republic, and against the wishes of the majority of Kashmir’s population, Kashmir remains central to India’s imagination of its identity.

'On Loving and Losing Kashmir' Kashmir is not only the name of an (inter)national problem where egotist nation-states or religious communities clash. It is a site of entangled myths and memories, a contested space of resistance and oppression, and most importantly, a place where millions of people live and breathe and die.

'How many zeroes are there in a trillion? On Economics, Neoliberalism, and Economic Justice' which argues that the idea of economics as a science, not a branch of moral and political philosophy, is ideological. It is a position that is designed to obscure questions of justice, humanity and history.

'Kashmir: a place of blood and memory' which analyses the troubles of Kashmir in terms of the historical geopolitical situation in the imperial era, the wider transformations in India since independence (neoliberalism, hindutva), and the regional regional ideological spectrum (communism/Islam in Kashmir and links with China/Pakistan), arguing that the current policy of repression is not sustainable. 

'India's Big Guns Bazaar' which makes the point that security is too important to be left to the defence sector alone.

'Economics of turning people into things' where I argue for a new understanding of "economic violence".

'Wine, Women, Valentine: Moral Policing in India' which discusses moral policing in India as a mix of criminal hooliganism, gender hypocrisy, and political opportunism.

'Who Carries Out Spectacular Acts of Terrorism and Why?' The manipulation of asymmetric information, uncertainty and transience by "Spectacular Acts of Terrorism".

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*Links to, and details of, these and several other scholarly publications and socio-political essays are in the Curriculum Vitae (CV) on this site, which will be kept updated.*