Strategic Action Fields and Social Movements around the Hydroelectirc Power Plant of Belo Monte â€“ UHEBM (BRAZILIAN AMAZON)
Keywords:Theory of Strategic Action Fields, social movements, Amazon.
The construction of the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Power Plant (UHEBM) in eastern Amazonia (ParÃ¡ State, Brazil) has been the cause of various social movements at cross purposes. This paper is based on the Theory of Strategic Action Fields (SAF) developed by Neil Fligstein and Doug McAdam, in the aspects of the competence dynamics, Governance Units, and organization. The actorsâ€™ objectives and the analyzed social movements go beyond the mere suspension of the hydroelectric plant operation when proposing a new model of social and sustainable development. The operability of the meso-level theory is verified, although limitations of the SAF are manifested at the micro-level specifically on the observation of the participantsâ€™ identity.
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