New talk online: Chasing Innovation: The Limits of Entrepreneurship

Oxford Internet Institute hosted me for a talk on my book Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India. Because there would be a widely interdisciplinary audience, I took the chance to draw out some points threaded through my book about entrepreneurial ideology’s relationship to extraction, seen through prisms of gender, caste, and class. The talk argues that entrepreneurial citizenship asks citizens to fill the gaps of a shrinking and liberalizing state. It goes on to show how¬† this model usually relies on entrepreneurs’ ability to marshal resources from others — gendered household labour, landholdings, or class and caste networks, for example. As a result, it can reproduce structures of privilege in new forms.