Dr. Perreault is an assistant professor of geography at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York 13244-1020.
SOCIAL CAPITAL, DEVELOPMENT, AND INDIGENOUS POLITICS IN ECUADORIAN AMAZONIA*
Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
2003 American Geographical Society
Volume 93, Issue 3, pages 328–349, July 2003
How to Cite
PERREAULT, T. (2003), SOCIAL CAPITAL, DEVELOPMENT, AND INDIGENOUS POLITICS IN ECUADORIAN AMAZONIA. Geographical Review, 93: 328–349. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2003.tb00036.x
This research was supported by a Fulbright-IIE grant and an Inter-American Foundation Doctoral Fellowship. Many thanks are owed to the personnel of the Federation of Indigenous Organizations of Napo for their patient assistance and to the anonymous reviewers, whose comments substantially improved the article.
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
- cultural capital;
- indigenous organizations;
- social capital
ABSTRACT. This article examines the formation of social capital—defined as the norms of trust and reciprocity integral to social relations—and the ways in which it may help rural people's organizations gain access to rights and resources. The formation of social capital must be viewed within the context of the symbolic systems, or cultural capital, that imbues social relations with meaning. The concept of social capital provides a valuable conceptual framework for analyzing the multiscale processes of environmental management, rural development, and resource conflicts with which many rural social movements are involved. The role played by social capital is illustrated through a detailed case study of an indigenous political and cultural organization in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The organizational history of a lowland Quichua federation and the successes and problems it has had in managing development projects and achieving political objectives provide insight into the importance of social capital in the development of the region.