Author Archives: Bret Benjamin

About Bret Benjamin

is associate professor of English at the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY). Author of Invested Interests: Capital, Culture, and the World Bank (Minnesota, 2007), Benjamin teaches courses in transnational cultural studies, Marxist theory, postcolonial literature, and globalization studies. In addition to his primary faculty appointment in upstate New York, he has held temporary teaching posts at Moscow State University in Russia and the English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad, India.

Bookend to Bandung: The New International Economic Order and the Antinomies of the Bandung Era

The opportunity to rethink the historical record of the 1970s from the perspective of the developmentalist aspirations of the global south is welcome. A decade often cast as a historical exception and interruption—wedged between the development orthodoxy of the 1960s and the neoliberal turn of the 1980s—the 1970s now increasingly appear to mark the dawning of a sustained crisis of accumulation in the capitalist world system. Undoubtedly, the 1970s witnessed utopian aspirations for the developing world, as evidenced by the “Third Worldist” tenor of the Continue reading → Continue reading →