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Breaking the Poverty Cycle: The Human Basis for Sustainable Development$
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Susan Pick and Jenna Sirkin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383164

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383164.001.0001

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Socio-Cultural Norms as Impediments to Individual and Social Change

Socio-Cultural Norms as Impediments to Individual and Social Change

The Case of Mexico

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(p.25) Chapter 2 Socio-Cultural Norms as Impediments to Individual and Social Change
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Breaking the Poverty Cycle: The Human Basis for Sustainable Development
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Susan Pick

Jenna Sirkin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383164.003.0002

The purpose of this chapter is to illustrate how socio-cultural norms and the political culture can be both barriers and facilitators of personal and community development. Psychological barriers (e.g., shame, guilt, and fear) are often tight social norms that manifest themselves as impediments to individual choices and behaviors. Both social norms and psychological barriers must be addressed for the sustainable implementation of programs that focus on changing behaviors at the personal and community level. Examples drawn from Mexico and Latin America provide a context for the rest of the book.

Keywords:   norms, psychological barriers, development, shame, guilt, fear, political, Mexico, Latin America, behaviors

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