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In rich ethnographic detail, Robin Nagle chronicles the life of a poor Brazilian community in its relationship to the Catholic church and to the larger politics of Brazil. Centered in Recife, on the northeast coast, Nagle's work investigates how liberation theology attracted followers, and demonstrates why the movement never took hold as predicted.
"Compact anthropological case study of liberation theology in a shantytown parish of Recife under a conservative bishop. Uses 1991 dispute over the feast of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception to elicit conflicting narratives over relationship between religion, social life, and politics. Interesting emphasis on expression of social and political tensions in church ritual"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.
|1||Consecrated Politics and Activist Religion||1|
|2||Portrait of the Northeast||25|
|3||The Politics of Theology||53|
|4||The Danger of Stories||93|
|6||What it Becomes||139|
|Addendum: Chronology of a Crisis||165|