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In a remarkably short time Postcolonial Studies has become one of the most vibrant fields in contemporary intellectual life. Together with postmodernists/poststructuralists, postcolonial critics have fundamentally shifted current thinking about hegemony, culture, and knowledge structures, and established postcolonial thought as an important area of academic inquiry. Yet, although the influence of postcolonial theory has spread rapidly across the humanities and social sciences, the discipline of Economics, with only a few exceptions, has not been touched by this ‘postcolonial revolution.’1 Similarly, postcolonial scholars have engaged only sporadically with Economics, leaving their contributions wide open to charges of irrelevance and even complicity with hegemony. This volume takes the necessary step of bringing postcolonial scholarship and Economics together for the first time in a broad way that challenges and hopefully enriches them both.