chapter  3
16 Pages

Indigenous folkways, subsistence markets, and rural development in the Caribbean

A case study of a social bricoleur
WithTalia Randa Esnard

Increasingly, policy makers and scholars across the globe are promoting social enterprise development as a sustainable community development option. However, while there has been growing empirical support for the connection between social enterprise and community development, many gaps remain. This is particularly true in the case of the Caribbean where despite the longstanding use of subsistence marketplaces to address rural poverty, little research addresses the social enterprise and community development nexus. This chapter therefore uses the case of Sandra James, a social activist and bricoleur who uses indigenous practices as a mechanism to resist the structural and relational forms of oppression that operate within rural communities. By so doing, the chapter makes visible the centrality of indigenous knowledge, the deeply rooted connections to these, the social gains that these ensue, and the implications for how we situate and reconfigure sustainable rural practices.