Northover, Patricia; Crichlow, Michaeline A
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies
Beyond Survival: Rethinking Strategies for Sustainable Development in the Caribbean
Social and Economic Studies
Date of Publication
What are the preconditions for the region's success in this dynamic and complex global world? Thiis question, a recurrent one in the history of the region, was the substantive problem that Arthur Lewis spent his passions on in his quest to reposition the region in the world economy. In this paper we explore this difficult question and point towards elements of an answer that is relevant for the contemporary context and which prioritizes analyses about ontology and cultural politics. We do this through a critical engagement of perspectives on regional success which tend to interpret growth or development as either largely a deterministic function of the state's practices or, as a resultant more dependent on states of local social capital and individuals' 'creole' engagements, in shaping a market process for competitive modernization/ industrialization. In criticizing these dualistic approaches, and in evaluating the prospects of survival and beyond for CARICOM small states in the contemporary world order, the paper draws upon an alternative model of social/state power in order to elucidate on the cultural politics underpinning processes and possibilities of regional development....