Acting on Faith: Religious Development Organizations in Northwestern Argentina

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Lexington Books, 2005 - Political Science - 211 pages
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Acting on Faith deftly examines the role of religious discourse in processes of economic development by exploring a case study based on twelve months of intensive qualitative research examining the role of small, Catholic non-government organizations (NGOs) in indigenous communities in northwest Argentina. The difficulty facing the communities and their associated NGOs is how to create conditions that ameliorate poverty, without undermining cultural values. The substantial technical, ecological, and economic obstacles to development in these remote regions compound this change. This book moves beyond a perspective that privileges either the symbolic aspect of religion or the material forces of political economy, and instead sees economic and symbolic systems as mutually conditioning processes of meaning and power. Acting on Faith is an important work for scholars in anthropology and sociology, as well as practitioners in the field of development.
 

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Contents

Iruya and OCLADE History Geography and Ethnography of Iruya
1
OCLADE
11
Conclusion
15
Los Blancos and Fundapaz
19
Ethnography of the Western Chaco
20
History of the Wichi
22
The Wichi Communities near Los Blancos
33
Fundapaz
37
Conclusion
115
Land and Its Uses
119
Local Perceptions of Land in Iruya
122
The Wichi and Their Land
131
Conclusion
143
Claiming Property in Two Communities
149
Land and Peoples
150
Claiming Land in Iruya
158

Conclusion
40
Development Discourse
43
Studies from the Field
54
Conclusion
83
Religious Idioms of Development
87
Catholicism in Iruya
93
Enacting a Religious Discourse
98
Secularization
107
Los Blancos Case Study
173
Conclusion
186
Conclusion
191
Bibliography
197
Index
209
About the Author
213
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Page 207 - Fuentes de caza y recoleccion modernas: Proyectos de ayuda al desarrollo destinados a los indígenas del gran Chaco (Argentina. Paraguay. Bolivia). Stuttgart: Servicios de Desarrollo de las Iglesias (AG-KED).

About the author (2005)

Laurie A. Occhipinti is assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, Geography, and Earth Science at Clarion University.

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