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ROBLES-ZAVALA, Edgar. Los múltiples rostros de la pobreza en una comunidad maya de la Península de Yucatán. Estud. soc [online]. 2010, vol.18, n.35, pp.99-133. ISSN 0188-4557.

The aim of this study is to rescue the voice of the most impoverished and marginalized households in a Mayan community in the Yucatan Peninsula. The study adopted the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach as the analytical framework, which identifies the assets of the households, the institutional constraints that determine the access of these assets, as well as the vulnerability contexts determined by external factors to the households or the community. Qualitative and quantitative techniques were used to analyze the discourses of 70 households. The study concluded that poverty in the households is closely linked to the institutional structure which has limited the development capabilities in the community. The institutional constraints include corruption, and a lack of institutional ability to determine the real needs of the community. These problems may be addressed through local participatory policies.

Keywords : poverty; mayas; Yucatan peninsula.

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