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Der Diskurs in einer marginalisierten Gemeinschaft in Tucumán, Argentinien: der Zauber der Enttäuschung

Elisa Cohen de Chervonagura/Edith Lupprich (Tucumán)



In the Juan XXIII neighbourhood (San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina) there is a huge number of NGOs offering aid and support to the community. Although they share this purpose, the volumes and species of capital (economic, social, cultural or symbolic capital) they have at their disposal are sensitively different. To study the relationships between these NGOs, we stress Bourdieu's concept of "field", where social agents – in Gidden's sense – carry out different social and discursive practices. Within a Critical Discourse Analyse framework, we examine the way each group represents itself and how it establishes discursive relationships with the other NGOs working in the Juan XXIII neighbourhood, and the local newspapers. We conclude that all of the NGOs refer to their accumulated cultural and symbolic capitals to legitimate their position in the (social aid) field. While the economic capital from ecclesiastical sources does not seem to be delicate, some NGOs refuse to get engaged with "politics". Finally, social capital (networking with other organizations) does not play a salient role in the analysed texts.

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