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Kvangraven, Ingrid Harvold and Kesar, Surbhi (2022) 'Standing in the way of rigor? Economics’ meeting with the decolonization agenda.' Review of International Political Economy. pp. 1-26. (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

This article critically discusses the scope for decolonizing economics teaching. It scrutinizes what it would entail in terms of theory, methods, and pedagogy, and its implications for scholars grappling with issues related to economics teaching. Based on a survey of 498 respondents, it explores how economists across different types of departments (economics/heterodox/non-economics), geographical locations, and identities assess challenges to economics teaching, how they understand the relevance of calls for decolonization, and how they believe economics teaching should be reformed. Based on the survey findings, the article concludes that the field’s emphasis on advancing economics as an objective social science free from political contestations, based on narrow theoretical and methodological frameworks and a privileging of technical training associated with a limited understanding of rigor, likely stands in the way of the decolonization of economics. Indeed, key concepts of the decolonization agenda—centering structural power relations, critically examining the vantage point from which theorization takes place and unpacking the politics of knowledge production—stand in sharp contrast to the current priorities of the economics field as well as key strands of IPE. Finally, the article charts out the challenges that decolonizing economics teaching entails and identifies potential for change.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Economics teaching, economics pedagogy, decolonizing economics, decolonizing IPE, Eurocentrism
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
ISSN: 14664526
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1080/09692290.2022.2131597
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2022 18:16
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/38325

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