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.
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).
Acknowledgements 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 Endnotes Bibliography Index