Getting Ahead Collectively

Getting Ahead Collectively

Grassroots Experiences in Latin America

1st Edition - January 1, 1984

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  • Author: Albert O. Hirschman
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483158228

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Getting Ahead Collectively: Grassroots Experiences in Latin America is a seven-chapter book that first discusses certain types of developmental sequences in Latin America. The emergence of cooperative action and the intangible benefits and costs of cooperatives are then explained. The book also explores the ""intermediate"" organizations that have grown all over Latin America to help low-income people better their condition. The last chapter details the social and political effects of a dense network of grassroots development efforts.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    Chapter One Inverted Sequences

    Is Security of Title a Precondition for Housing Improvements? Cali (Colombia) vs. Quilmes (Argentina)

    Education in Literacy—Prerequisite or Induced? Some Experiences in Colombia

    Chapter Two Other Notable Sequences

    Inventing a New Linkage: A Microempresa in Santiago de los Caballeros

    From Private Cooperation to the Public Arena

    From Debt Pooling to Pressure Group: The Tricycle Riders of Santo Domingo

    From Sewing to Advocacy: A Women's Academy in Comas (Lima)

    Collective Ventures and Private Lives

    What Will They Do with Their Free Time? The Dairy Plant in Durazno (Uruguay)

    The Effect of Education on Family Ties: A Rural School in Alto Chelle (Chile)

    Chapter Three The Emergence of Cooperative Action: outside Aggression

    Aggression by Nature: Flooding in Argentina and Erosion in Uruguay

    Aggression by Society

    Land Swindles: Argentina and Colombia

    The State as Aggressor: Argentina and Chile

    Chapter Four The Emergence of Cooperative Action: Prior Mobilization

    The Principle of Conservation and Mutation of Social Energy

    Some Colombian Examples

    Extensions of the Principle

    Chapter Five Intangible Benefits and Costs of Cooperatives

    Benefits (with a Story from Peru's Altiplano)

    Digression: Sport and Social Change

    Costs (with Stories from the Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Peru)

    Chapter Six Organizations Involved in Social Activism

    Four Case Studies

    Asociación Para la Vivienda Económica (AVE), Córdoba, Argentina

    Museo de Aries y Tradiciones Populares, Bogotá, Colombia

    Asociación de Promoción y Desarrollo Social (APDES), Comas (Lima), Peru

    Instituto de Promoción Económico-Social del Uruguay (IPRU), Montevideo, Uruguay

    National and International Aid to the Grassroots: An Interpretation

    Chapter Seven What Does it All Add up to?

Product details

  • No. of pages: 112
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1984
  • Published: January 1, 1984
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483158228

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Albert O. Hirschman

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