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Psicoperspectivas

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CASTILLO, Teresita; CARRILLO, Carlos; ECHEVERRIA, Rebelín  and  FUENTES, José. Social Cohesion and Environmental Management in a Rural Municipality in Southeast Mexico. Psicoperspectivas [online]. 2012, vol.11, n.1, pp.53-81. ISSN 0718-6924.  http://dx.doi.org/10.5027/psicoperspectivas-Vol11-Issue1-fulltext-183.

A central concept of the current agenda of public policies is sustainability. Achieving it requires actions favoring ecological balance that can counteract social uprooting which generates behaviors that do not consider environmental effects in the short / medium / long term. It is therefore important to incorporate social factors that make possible modes of relationship and social organization that support actions promoting sustainable development. In this context, the purpose of this paper is to present the characterization results for indicators of social cohesion (CS) of fourteen communities in a rural town in southeastern Mexico. Results show that no community reached a maximum level of SC. In general, the communities had a medium level of SC but even when they shared the same level of SC, each community had different needs for its development, which requires working with each one of them particularly considering their own characteristics.

Keywords : social cohesion; environmental management; sustainability; rural municipality.

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