Grant TypeHunt Postdoctoral Fellowship
Institutional AffiliationCalifornia, Los Angeles, U. of
Grant numberGr. 9314
Approve DateOctober 4, 2016
Project TitleAppel, Dr.Hannah Chadeayne, U. of California, Los Angeles, CA - To aid research and writing on 'Oil and the Licit Life of Capitalism in Equatorial Guinea' - Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship
HANNAH APPEL, University of California, Los Angeles, California, was awarded a Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship to aid research and writing on “Oil and the Licit Life of Capitalism in Equatorial Guinea.” The manuscript is both an account of a specific capitalist project U.S. oil companies working off the shores of Equatorial Guinea—and a sweeping theorization of more general forms and processes that facilitate diverse capitalist projects around the world. The grantee draws on extensive fieldwork with managers and rig workers, lawyers and bureaucrats, the expat wives of American oil executives and the Equatoguinean women who work in their homes to turn conventional critiques of capitalism on their head, arguing that market practices do not merely exacerbate inequality; they are made by it. People and places differentially valued by gender, race, and colonial histories are the terrain on which the rules of capitalist economy are built. The resulting work shows how the corporate form and the contract, offshore rigs and economic theory are the assemblages of liberalism and race, expertise and gender, technology and domesticity, that enable the licit life of capitalism—practices that are legally sanctioned, widely replicated, and ordinary, at the same time as they are messy, contested and arguably, indefensible.