This essay addresses the epistemic limits of crisis as a trope for thinking about the future of Puerto Rico in the context of fiscal austerity programs and the combined effects of multiple disasters. Small-scale agriculture and mutual aid offer models of resistance to US colonialism as the underlying power structure reinforcing debt and political subservience. What can be perceived or accomplished outside the self-perpetuating frame of crisis? This essay sketches the contours of a different approach, one that considers what Puerto Ricans owe to each other as well as accounts for those debts owed to Puerto Ricans that will likely never be paid.
Debt, Crisis, and Resurgence in Puerto Rico
Adriana María Garriga-López is a cultural anthropologist and multidisciplinary artist, born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is currently an associate professor of anthropology at Kalamazoo College in Michigan and an associate faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. She holds an MA, an MPhil, and a PhD in anthropology from Columbia University.
Adriana María Garriga-López; Debt, Crisis, and Resurgence in Puerto Rico. Small Axe 1 July 2020; 24 (2 (62)): 122–132. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-8604538
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