The Everyday Social Economy of Afro-Descendants in the Chocó, Colombia

  • Daniel G. L. Tubb
Part of the Perspectives from Social Economics book series (PSE)


The Black communities which formed in the Colombian Pacific in the 1980s and 1990s claimed collective territorial rights to hundreds of thousands of hectares of forest. Rural Black activists—in some areas connected with the Catholic Church or with regional non-governmental organizations—mobilized, and over time won, legal titles to the territories where rural Black people had long combined subsistence production, artisanal gold mining, and itinerant labor. This chapter traces a Black social economy that can be found outside of these more formal political processes, through forms of production, savings, labor, exchange, and self-help unmediated by community politics or by household economies. The chapter shows how an everyday Black social economy exists at the margins of social movement politics and the household economy and is pre-discursive and not encompassed by the language of collective territories, collective titles, or community councils.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel G. L. Tubb
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of New BrunswickFrederictonCanada

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