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She warned against ‘dismissing considerations of the economic as “reductionism”’ (1985: 82), and directly engaged in conversation with professional economists (2000). The economic bits of her contributions are ensconced within a high level of generality, which I think is substantively necessary for revealing the continuity of European modernist discourse across different disciplines. This counter-disciplinary approach is exemplified in her article ‘Scattered Speculations on the Question of Value’ in which she makes a head-on attempt to reveal ‘the role of the economic text in the determination of Value’ (1985: 92).

Indd 50 3/23/11 4:54:28 PM Postcolonial theory and economics 51 postcolonial critique of western humanism’ in order to extend the boundaries of the institutionalist school and raise institutionalists’ awareness of ‘racist, sexist and classist biases’ in mainstream economics. Ulla Grapard (1995) directly linked orientalism to the androcentric bias in neoclassical theory by suggesting that ‘[t]he socially constructed binary opposition that earlier Orientalists argue separates the Orient from the European world – the different human characteristics ascribed to the Oriental and the European, and the hierarchical ordering of cultural values – constitute a process of differentiation and “Othering” that in our culture also pertain to gender categories’ (p.

Eds) (2001) Re/presenting Class: Essays in postmodern Marxism, Duke University Press, Durham, NC. Gidwani, V. (2008) Capital, Interrupted: Agrarian development and the politics of work in India, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis. Guha, R. (1983) Elementary Aspects of Peasant Insurgency in Colonial India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi. Perelman, M. (2000) The Invention of Capitalism: Classical political economy and the secret history of primitive accumulation, Duke University Press, Durham.

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