TH-P01-062 - Contributions from Psychosociology to the analysis of cooperation and conflict in co-operative organizations.

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Conflict escalation
What:
Poster Presentation
When:
3 hours 30 minutes
Where:
O'Brien Foyer
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Conflict in organizations
Conflict escalation
TH-P01-062
Contributions from Psychosociology to the analysis of cooperation and conflict in co-operative organizations.
T. Melo*, R. Scopinho 1
1Department of Psychology, Federal University of São Carlos, São Carlos, Brazil
 
Main Abstract Content: This empirical research analyzed experiences of cooperation and conflict in small farmers’ co-operatives based on the Psychosociology theory. Since the late 1980s, Latin American countries have adopted in their development policies co-operative as organizational model to support small farmers, to reduce poverty and labour exploitation. Literature has been shown in these cases that conflicts may be most evident when the co-operative model is mandatory and far from the community reality. Psychosociology understands cooperation and conflict as inseparable elements in organizational life, which are explained by the analysis of three interrelated levels: institutional, group and individual. The hypothesis was that the conflict goes beyond the lack of structural conditions to cooperate. It can reveal a mismatch between the  institutionalized rules for co-operatives and the experiences and meanings of the group. To be transformed in cooperation, conflict depends on bonds of belonging and otherness recognition. We observed the routine and interviewed 35 farmers from three co-ops located at the same rural community in Brazil. In all of those, the members rejected formal cooperation neither established bounds of belonging with group. They had difficult to negotiate differences and had to deal with a bureaucratic model imposed by governmental agencies. But they also reproduced the same exploitation relationship that they suffered over their lives. The recognition of the other happened in the negative way, feeding this vicious circle which affected the establishment of labour empowerment. We suggests the need to improve knowledge about subjective dimension implied in the relationship between community and development policies. 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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