Revisiting Ideas and Ideologies in African-American Social Economy: From the Past Forward

  • Sanjukta Banerji Bhattacharya
Part of the Perspectives from Social Economics book series (PSE)


The presentation re-visits ideas and ideologies of past African-American thinkers on economic development in a holistic manner, placing them in the context of their times. It is true that many of them advocated collectives, cooperatives, and group enterprise but were these an end in itself, or were they promoting such activities as a measure toward equal status in the USA, that is, until they could avail of equal economic opportunity on their own? In fact, even those who encouraged exclusion from the economic mainstream did not abandon the US territorial space or its market economy. Where necessary, collectives and cooperatives will provide the necessary boost for survival and developing opportunities for the betterment of African Americans.

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  • Sanjukta Banerji Bhattacharya
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  1. 1.Department of International RelationsJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia

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