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Entering Modernity: The Marginalisation of the Poor in the Developing Countries. An Account of Theoretical Perspectives from the 1940's to the 1980's

Copes, Adriana LU (2002)
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De flesta samhällsvetarna har betrakat de fattiga i utvecklingsländerna as marginella perse: de saknar de psykologiska förutsättningarna för att handla rationellt. Med min avhandling vill jag argumentera mot detta perspektiv. Jag göt det genom att bevisa att deras handlingar är rationella; de måste ta itu med ekonomiska, sociala, politiska och kulturella hinder som härmar deras möjligheter att integreras i samhället. I stället för att vara marginella per se, är de marginaliserade. Jag utvecklar en teoretisk modell baserad på två a v Max Weber's idealtyper: målrationalitet och värderationalitet. Målrationalitet är det handlingssätt där individerna väljer de mål och medel för sina handlimgar på ett... (More)
Popular Abstract in Swedish

De flesta samhällsvetarna har betrakat de fattiga i utvecklingsländerna as marginella perse: de saknar de psykologiska förutsättningarna för att handla rationellt. Med min avhandling vill jag argumentera mot detta perspektiv. Jag göt det genom att bevisa att deras handlingar är rationella; de måste ta itu med ekonomiska, sociala, politiska och kulturella hinder som härmar deras möjligheter att integreras i samhället. I stället för att vara marginella per se, är de marginaliserade. Jag utvecklar en teoretisk modell baserad på två a v Max Weber's idealtyper: målrationalitet och värderationalitet. Målrationalitet är det handlingssätt där individerna väljer de mål och medel för sina handlimgar på ett rationellt sätt. I värderationalität är målet för handlingar inte rationella; de baseras på religiösa övertygelser och/eller djupa värderingar av personlig karaktär. I ställat för att se dessa två handlingssätt som ett motsastpar, utvecklar jag ett dynamiskt perspektiv där jag låter mål- coh väderationalität interagera dialektiskt. Med hjälp av denna modell försöker jag beskriva och förklara det motsägelsefulla handlandet hos de fattiga i några utvecklingslaänder, med särskild tyngdpunkt på Latinamerika. (Less)
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In the present doctoral dissertation an attempt is made to qualify the theorertical assumptions about the marginal characret of the popular sectors of the developing countries. According to these theories, individuals belonging to the populart sectors cannot become fully members of their societies because they lack the attitudinal prerequisites. My argument is that their actions are quite sophisticated and elaborated and have, moreover, a high degree of rationality. Instead of being marginals, they are marginalised by social, political, economic and cultural structures that work at their disadvantage. To explain the intricancies and contradicory character of the lines of action elaborated by the poor, I elaborate a theoretical model based... (More)
In the present doctoral dissertation an attempt is made to qualify the theorertical assumptions about the marginal characret of the popular sectors of the developing countries. According to these theories, individuals belonging to the populart sectors cannot become fully members of their societies because they lack the attitudinal prerequisites. My argument is that their actions are quite sophisticated and elaborated and have, moreover, a high degree of rationality. Instead of being marginals, they are marginalised by social, political, economic and cultural structures that work at their disadvantage. To explain the intricancies and contradicory character of the lines of action elaborated by the poor, I elaborate a theoretical model based on the dynamic interplay between Weber's notions of Wert- and Zweckrationalität. Instead of regardin them os the opposite stations of a linear continuum, I place them within the same spatial and temporal dimension, to account for the intricancies of all social action. (Less)
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  • Associate Professor Vaa, Mariken, Nordic African Institute, Uppsala
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Thesis
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published
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keywords
dynamic interplay, Zweckrationalität, Wertrationalität, modernity, marginalisation, development, marginality, Sociology, Sociologi
pages
186 pages
publisher
Department of Sociology, Lund University
defense location
Carolinasalen
defense date
2002-10-14 10:15
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  • other:ISRN: LUSADG-SASO-02-1147-SE
ISSN
1102-4712
ISBN
911-7267-124-6
language
English
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yes
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  author       = {Copes, Adriana},
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  publisher    = {Department of Sociology, Lund University},
  school       = {Lund University},
  title        = {Entering Modernity: The Marginalisation of the Poor in the Developing Countries. An Account of Theoretical Perspectives from the 1940's to the 1980's},
  year         = {2002},
}