Mexican American Religions: Spirituality, Activism, and Culture

Mexican American Religions: Spirituality, Activism, and Culture

by Gastón Espinosa
     
 

This collection presents a rich, multidisciplinary inquiry into the role of religion in the Mexican American community. Breaking new ground by analyzing the influence of religion on Mexican American literature, art, plays, activism, healing, and popular culture, it makes the case for the establishment of Mexican American religious studies as a distinct, recognized… See more details below

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This collection presents a rich, multidisciplinary inquiry into the role of religion in the Mexican American community. Breaking new ground by analyzing the influence of religion on Mexican American literature, art, plays, activism, healing, and popular culture, it makes the case for the establishment of Mexican American religious studies as a distinct, recognized field of scholarly inquiry.

The volume addresses several broad themes, including the history and interpretation of Mexican American religions, as well as Mexican American mystics and prophets, and popular Catholicism. Contributors discuss topics including the origins of Mexican American religious studies, Mario Barrera's theory of internal colonialism, Cesar Chavez's faith-based activism, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and home altars. Whether considering how Chicana writers and artists such as Gloria Anzaldua, Sandra Cisneros, Amalia Mesa-Bains, and Luis Valdez invoke religious symbols, rhetoric, and satire to articulate a moral vision highlighting social injustice, the role of healing in the Latino Pentecostal movement, or the religious overtones of the reverence for the slain Tejana music star Selena, the contributors signal the vibrancy and diversity of the practices, arts, traditions, and spiritualities that reflect and inform Mexican American religion.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822341192
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

I History and Interpretations of Mexican American Religions

1 History and Theory in the Study of Mexican American Religions Gaston Espinosa Espinosa, Gaston 17

2 Pious Colonialism: Assessing a Church Paradigm for Chicano Identity Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo Stevens-Arroyo, Anthony M. 57

II Mexican American Mystics and Prophets

3 Sacred Order, Sacred Space: Reies Lopez Tijerina and the Valle de Paz Community Rudy V. Busto Busto, Rudy V. 85

4 Holy Activist, Secular Saint: Religion and the Social Activism of Cesar Chavez Stephen R. Lloryd-Moffett Lloryd-Moffett, Stephen R. 106

5 Religion and the Chicano Movement: Catolicos Por La Raza Mario T. Garcia Garcia, Mario T. 125

III Mexican American Popular Catholicism

6 Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Politics of Cultural Interpretation Socorro Castaneda-Liles Castaneda-Liles, Socorro 153

7 Voces de Fe: Mexican American Altaristas in Texas Kay Turner Turner, Kay 180

8 Los Pastores and the Gendered Politics of Location Richard R. Flores Flores, Richard R. 206

IV Mexican American Religions and Literature

9 The Religious Vision of Gloria Anzaldua: Borderlands/La Frontera as a Shamanic Space David Carrasco Carrasco, David Roberto Lint Sagarena Sagarena, Roberto Lint 223

10 Voice and Vision in Chicana Religious Practice: The Literary Re-elaborations of Mary Helen Ponce, Denise Chavez, and Sandra Cisneros Ellen McCracken McCracken, Ellen 242

V Mexican American Religions and Healing

11 Brown Moses: Francisco Olazabal and Mexican American Pentecostal Healing in the Borderlands Gaston Espinosa Espinosa, Gaston 263

12 Borderlands Bodies and Souls: Mexican Religious HealingPractices in East L.A. Luis D. Leon Leon, Luis D. 296

VI Mexican American Religions and Pop Culture

13 Luis Valdez's La Pastorela: "The Shepherds' Play): Tradition, Hybridity, and Transformation Maria Herrera-Sobek Herrera-Sobek, Maria 325

14 Hybrid Spiritualities and Chicana Altar-Based Art: The Work of Amalia Mesa-Bains Laura E. Perez Perez, Laura E. 338

15 Mexican Madonna: Selena and the Politics of Cultural Redemption Gaston Espinosa Espinosa, Gaston 359

Conclusion: Reflections on Mexican American Religions and Culture 381

Bibliography 387

Contributors 429

Index 433

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