Sociologie Românească (Romanian Sociology), X new series no. 2/1999, pp. 57-83.
Fulga - izolare și participare comunitară
Fulga - Between Isolation and Participation
Abstract (Rezumat în limba engleză): In this paper social exchange relations, association and entrepreneurship as responses to community problems and a low level of local opportunities are studied in a geographical and social isolated Romanian plain commune. The two villages of Fulga commune are traditional communities characterized by strong norms of similarity and conservative values. Trust, openness or other modernity values do not sustain associations and collective actions but the citizens' participation could be situationally motivated. The high proportion of population involved in agricultural field and the number of people eligible for social benefits grater than the number of occupied people are correlated with low levels of human capital and living standard. There are few private initiatives, which are oriented to survival and short-term achievement and they have almost nothing to do with social and economic history of the commune but life history of those involved in.