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Erasmus Universiteit (2004)

When the Mandacaru Blooms : External Intervention as the Catalyst of Collective Action in Northeast Brazil

Camargo Ramalho, Priscila

Titre : When the Mandacaru Blooms : External Intervention as the Catalyst of Collective Action in Northeast Brazil

Auteur : Camargo Ramalho, Priscila

Université de soutenance : Erasmus Universiteit

Grade : MASTER OF ARTS IN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES 2004

Descriptif
This paper uses the case-study of Vale do Curu to investigate the role of external agents in the local process of collective action (CA). Furthermore, it intends to derive some conclusions as to on how group behaviour can be sustained after the external agents leave. These objectives lead us to the two principal Research Questions that this paper endeavours to answer : RQl : How has the intervention of the external agent, namely the UNDP, influenced the process of collective action in Vale do Curu ? RQ2 : How has collective action been sustained after the external agent left ? These questions are supported by a set of subordinated ones, elaborated in the light of the literature reviewed in the next chapter as well as of some preliminary information collected before the fieldwork. They are grouped under the two chief questions : OnRQl : • How has the external agent influenced individual motivations towards collective action ? • How has the external agent influenced the institutionalization of organizations ? Has there been any difference in the impact on community based and umbrella organizations ? • Has the external agent provoked changes in the relationship between local organizations and other external actors, especially the local government ? • How has the external intervention influenced group consciousness ? OnRQ2 : • What are the visible and invisible outcomes of the intervention and to what extent have they influenced further collective action ? • Has leadership made any difference to the sustainability of collective action in different communities ?

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