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Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais

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MAGALHAES, Reginaldo Sales  and  ABRAMOVAY, Ricardo. The emergence of a micro-finance market in the sertão back lands of Bahia.Translated byMartin Charles Nicholl. Rev. bras. ciênc. soc. [online]. 2008, vol.4Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0102-6909.

This paper analyzes the organizational and cultural basis on which financial markets in poor regions are built. The action of Christian Base Communities has been especially important in promoting a cultural change process and in the formation of a dense network of organizations that has enlarged the access of farmers both to financial markets and new channels of commercialization. This paper reconstructs the historical processes of constitution of credit unions, underscoring the influence of natural factors like climate on the "sertanejos'" rationality and the social structures of the new economic organizations.

Keywords : Markets; Micro-finance; Micro-credit; Rationality; Economic sociology.

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