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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Redvers-Lee, Peter
Author's Email Address peter.redvers-lee@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-12162011-165959
Title The serpent without shame: economic development and change in the Afro-Ecuadorian communities of northwestern Esmeraldas
Degree PhD
Department Community Research and Action
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
William Partridge Committee Chair
Edward Fischer Committee Co-Chair
Paul Speer Committee Co-Chair
Holly McCammon Committee Member
James Foster Committee Member
James Fraser Committee Member
  • community development
  • Ecuador
  • political economy
  • Afro-Ecuadorians
Date of Defense 2011-11-01
Availability unrestricted
Implicit in definitions and in the practice of community and economic development are assumptions that the processes and outcomes will improve the human condition. In the towns, riverine, and mangrove swamp communities of northwestern Ecuador, this is not the case. This study examines the changing political economy of the area, country and region. The study suggests that the African-descendent mangrove and swamp communities negotiate, adapt, and resist the changes through a process of bounded and alienated collective intentionality.
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