Neoliberal development and "locals" seen from below
Organized by the ARC DEVINC multidisciplinary research project (2016-2022):
Centre d’Anthropologie Culturelle (CAC - Institut de Sociologie)
Centre Emile Bernheim de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Gestion (CEBRIG - Solvay Business School)
Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Tourisme, Territoires et Sociétés, (LIToTeS - IGEAT)
Université Libre de Bruxelles, March 17-18, 2022
Institut de sociologie – Salle ROKKAN – 12e étage – local 234
Exchanges between Socio-Anthropologists, Social Economists and specialists in Environmental Tourism
Neoliberal initiatives organized at the level of so-called "local communities" have taken place in recent decades with the idea of promoting economic and/or social development.
The objective of this workshop is, firstly, to investigate how these "local" initiatives are concretely organized. Three sets of case studies are considered.
The first concerns local stakeholders, grouped by domestic units/households and by community associations, in the frame of i) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the extractive sector and ii) of Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) in the tourism sector. The second concerns wages collected by hotel staff within the framework of a Public-Private Partnership involving high-level development agencies (World Bank, French Cooperation, etc.) and within which income from tourism is viewed as a potential driving force of development. The third set of case studies focuses on social corporations in Western industrialized societies and in new emerging countries and approaches the issue through the perspective of commons-governing.
Through discussions held on this base, the second objective of the workshop is to better understand how these initiatives are appropriated "from below", and to help clarify the position "locals" actually occupy in the triadic model (public, private, local). The issue regarding how far these models meet (or don’t) the initial ambitions of economic and/or social development will be at the core of the reflection.
With the participation of:
Daou Véronique JOIRIS, Anya DIEKMANN, Serge COGELS, James SSEBAGGALA, Isabelle CLOQUET, Thierno BARRY, Bano NADHEL DIALLO, Teodosio AMINDO DOS SANTOS DE SOUSA, Coline SERRES & Marek HUDON
Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Makerere University (Uganda), Université Générale Lansana Conté de Sonfonia (République de Guinée), Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais (Brazil) & Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands).