Holly Hanson is a professor of history at Mount Holyoke College, where she teaches courses on African history, the history of global inequality, and the comparative global history of small-scale agriculture. Her research, focused primarily on Uganda, explores how dynamic patterns of exchange have been created, and then undermined, and what history suggests about how they might be rebuilt. She is currently working on two books, one on the role of community-level redistributive structures in the creation of the modern world economy and the other on consensus-building and democracy in Uganda. She is the author of A Path of Justice: Building Communities with the Power to Shape the World, Landed Obligation: the Practice of Power in Buganda, Social and Economic Development: A Baha’i Approach, and numerous essays. She holds a PhD from the University of Florida.
Contribution to Roundtable on Vivir Bien
The laudable focus on Andean belief systems draws our attention to traditional social structures that foster reciprocity and interdependence.