Migrant Futures: Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times

Duke University Press
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In Migrant Futures Aimee Bahng traces the cultural production of futurity by juxtaposing the practices of speculative finance against those of speculative fiction. While financial speculation creates a future based on predicting and mitigating risk for wealthy elites, the wide range of speculative novels, comics, films, and narratives Bahng examines imagines alternative futures that envision the multiple possibilities that exist beyond capital’s reach. Whether presenting new spatial futures of the US-Mexico borderlands or inventing forms of kinship in Singapore in order to survive in an economy designed for the few, the varied texts Bahng analyzes illuminate how the futurity of speculative finance is experienced by those who find themselves mired in it. At the same time these displaced, undocumented, unbanked, and disavowed characters imagine alternative visions of the future that offer ways to bring forth new political economies, social structures, and subjectivities that exceed the framework of capitalism.
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About the author

Aimee Bahng is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at Pomona College.
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Duke University Press
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Published on
Apr 16, 2018
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Pages
248
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ISBN
9780822373018
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English
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Literary Criticism / American / Asian American
Literary Criticism / Science Fiction & Fantasy
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies
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