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Abstract

This research study focuses on the relationship between individual agency toward economic betterment and sources of external authority that provide social cohesion in transitioning societies. Participants are selected from different dependency structures and all are male. Test groups include partially aid-dependent individuals in Nakivale refugee camp and group-subsistence farmers from Orom Sub Country in Northern Uganda. To understand the social mechanisms that foster group solidarity and economic cooperation, this project seeks to correlate economic agency with external authority structures which then dictate the channels through which persons address their needs. The author argues that the nature of dependency strongly affects to where individuals turn to for authority and that common sources of victimization, religious experience, and access to instrumental freedoms are three primary forces that engender economic interdependency.

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