Monday, October 22, 2007

organización de base

organización de base: grassroots organization

I've heard the false cognate, base organization, more than once. It's a particularly unfortunate one, again because of the different connotation of the cognate. Base could easily be understood to mean unethical, immoral, or low class.

1 comment:

Raul said...

I never understood what grassroots organization meant, and I still have problems with organizaciones de base. Funny how it goes, I know a very well known scholar of Mexican social movements who calls civil society organizations "organizaciones de base".