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Figueroa, Mark
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From critical pluralism to marginal mainstream: Economics in social and economic studies - the first fifty years
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7th Conference of the Association of Caribbean Economists (ACE): Caribbean economics, knowledge and power
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November 7-10, 2001
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Port of Spain
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Abstract
Seeks to provide a periodization with respect to the development of academic economics in the English speaking Caribbean as it is presented in the journal Social and Economic Studies. The overlapping periods identified relate to socio-cultural and political economic developments taking place in the Caribbean and the concerns of the economists that emerge from the changing conjuncture. A contrast is drawn between the bolder work of the earlier period with the contemporary work much of which has become formulaic. The former is far more critical and plural with respect to the approaches adopted while the latter tends to be much more mainstream. The question is posed as to whether in the process of transition the work that appears in the journal has become less significant in both the social and disciplinary sense.....
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