Caribbean: Of silences, elites and looking forward – by David Jessop

Of silences, elites and looking forward – by David Jessop

caribbean map

Sometimes it is easier to hold on to the past than to address the present; for elites to interact only with each other, to repeat the same actions, and to lose touch with those whom they seek to help.

Recently, the Financial Times journalist and author, Gillian Tett, one of the few who in 2006 accurately forecast the financial crisis and its origins, delivered a thought-provoking short lecture for BBC radio*.

She noted that as a social anthropologist she had discovered that her discipline had provided her with the tools to analyse issues in ways not normally considered by writers on finance.

Listening to her short lecture, the applicability of her theme to the silences now prevalent in the Caribbean, rapidly become apparent.   

In brief, she argued that her academic skills had provided her with an alternative framework to analyse markets, to navigate their contradictions and tensions, and to see how what was said within
elites differed from what was happening on the ground.
Her approach was based on the thinking of the French philosopher, Pierre Bourdieu, his focus on cognitive maps, how we arrange the world,imagine and talk about it, and how this relates to power. It enabled her, she said, to see the gapsbetween rhetoric and reality.     [ Read more]

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  • de castro compton  On 09/30/2013 at 10:36 am

    Interesting indeed…..
    Why is the politicians/business leaders/corporates/bankers etc so
    “Out of touch” with “reality”…..?

    Class or caste or just plain stupidity.!

    In most “democracies” a lack of vision by our elected leaders who are more concerned about “winning” than ” participating”…..


    My humble opinion

    Forever the everlasting optimist

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 09/30/2013 at 4:11 pm

    The ruling political and business elite live in bubbles of their own creation. They appear to believe that their bubbles will protect them from the chaos they create outside of themselves.

    We know what happens to bubbles.

  • de castro compton  On 10/03/2013 at 7:12 am

    Love your comments/endorsements….
    Please let me add……

    Bubbles don’t happen …they are created in the markets….
    then like a balloon they are “popped” ….those inside the bubble loose
    those outside live to fight another day….
    Free market principle !

    Jesus removed the gamblers from the temple…
    Did that stop gamblers or gambling. !

    I am no economist politician or religious leader ….I do not gamble with
    money or life….at 69 I can afford both.

    I just hope that I am wiser and older to influence our next generations not to repeat the mistakes of ours.

    We never stop learning


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