Black Life in the Americas: Economic Resources, Cultural Endowment, and Communal Solidarity
Black Social Economy is not merely concerned with the financial or material capital that sustains Black life, but with the interrelated educational, social, cultural, educational, judicial, religious, and agricultural structures that mediate the circumstances in which Black people find themselves in Western capitalist societies. Building on the observations of contributors, and following Ivan Light’s (Ethnic and Racial Studies 7(2):195–216, 1984/2010) analysis of the entrepreneurial opportunities and practices of immigrants and minoritized people, I offer a reading of the societal contexts in which Black people struggled against inequity, racism, and colonialism to assert their presence and gain respect. I discuss the hope and faith that are placed in education, the influential role of women, and why, despite individuals’ self-reliance, self-determination, and adaptability, “resilience” as framed by neoliberalism does not suitably explain their achievements.
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