Date of Award

1-1-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

M. Dores Cruz

Keywords

Aid, Colonialism, Culture, Development, Mozambique, NGO

Abstract

In Mozambique, international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) work mainly in Mozambique's rural areas, with programs dedicated to the prevention of infectious diseases, education, access to food and clean water, gender equity, and many other concerns. Yet despite these efforts, Mozambican populations are critical of NGOs' missions and practices, and Mozambique remains one of the poorest countries in the world. To explore these issues concerning contradictions in aid in Mozambique, I employ the concept of cultural capital, which refers to cultural practices, perspectives, and beliefs in relation to one's ability to access symbolic and material goods. My thesis examines the degree to which three classes of agents (rural Mozambicans, urban Mozambicans, and Western expatriates) utilize cultural capital by examining the perceptions, behaviors, and cultural trends within the groups as they relate to international development.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Carly Amanda Santoro

File size

268 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Cultural anthropology, African studies, International relations

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