Oral Presentation Session - Invited Status Awarded
Invited by: Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists
Primary Theme: Environment and Environmental Inequality
Secondary Theme: Resilience
Anthropologists have long studied and illuminated economies that operate according to principles different from prevailing capitalist political economies at work in the world today. Forager-hunters, pastoralists, peasant farmers and fishermen, and others continue to produce goods and services, including ecosystem services, according to alternative economic logics, however much they have been influenced by the penetration of capitalism around the world since the fall of the Berlin Wall. In some cases, such economic operations are hidden or dormant for long periods of time, yet become legible during times of crisis. This panel will assemble researchers investigating responses to human and natural disasters in the Caribbean, including the Haitian earthquake of 2010 and Hurricanes Irma and María of 2017, focusing on how these responses, first, expose serious vulnerabilities in local political economic relationships and arrangements and, second, what more sustainable alternatives to these relationships and arrangements are being forged out of the conflicts and calms that follow storms.