Dream Zones

Dream Zones : Anticipating Capitalism and Development in India

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Dream Zones explores the dreamed of and desired futures that constitute, sustain and disrupt capitalism in contemporary India.

Drawing on five years of research in and around India's Special Economic Zones (SEZs), the book follows the stories of regional politicians, corporate executives, rural farmers, industrial workers and social activists to show how the pursuit of growth, profit and development shapes the politics of industrialisation and liberalisation.

This book offers a timely reminder that the global economy is shaped by sentiment as much as reason and that un-realised expectations are the grounds on which new hopes for the future are sown.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0745333737
  • 9780745333731

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Table of contents


Note on Language

Glossary and Abbreviations

List of Maps and Illustrations

1. The Economy of Anticipation

2. The Vision of Growth

3. The Land of Speculation

4. The Factory of the Future

5. The Labour of Aspiration

6. The Struggles for Tomorrow

7. Anticipation, Capitalism, Anthropology



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Review quote

'This is an important and fascinating book. Engagingly written and ethnographically rich, Dream Zones reveals the multiple meanings, contestations and realities of Special Economic Zones in India' -- Katy Gardner, Professor of Anthropology at London School of Economics
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About Jamie Cross

Jamie Cross is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology and Development at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Dream Zones: Anticipating Capitalism and Development in India (Pluto, 2014).
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