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Difficulties and Frustrations on the Ground

  • Fernando Purcell
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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the interactions between volunteers and local actors such as peasants, villagers, community agents, bureaucrats, and priests. Due to the difficulties of complementing different paradigms of social intervention, the interactions were marked by a series of problems related to dialogue and understanding. Furthermore, volunteers often clashed with types of community action that were infused with government paternalism or political objectives. Deficient preparation and unsatisfied expectations—for both volunteers and those who hosted themincreased tensions. The chapter examines how these clashes shaped a panorama in which frustration occupied an important space in the volunteers’ personal lives.

Keywords

Interactions Frustration Confrontation Evaluations Social interventions Idealism Paternalism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fernando Purcell
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  1. 1.Pontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile

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