Guadalupe in New York: Devotion and the Struggle for Citizenship Rights among Mexican Immigrants

Guadalupe in New York: Devotion and the Struggle for Citizenship Rights among Mexican Immigrants

by Alyshia Galvez
     
 

The Virgin of Guadalupe is a profound symbol for Mexican and Mexican-American Catholics and the Patron saint of their country. Her name has been invoked in war and in peace, and her image has been painted on walls, printed on T-shirts, and worshipped at countless shrines. For undocumented Mexicans in New York, Guadalupe continues to be a powerful presence as they

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The Virgin of Guadalupe is a profound symbol for Mexican and Mexican-American Catholics and the Patron saint of their country. Her name has been invoked in war and in peace, and her image has been painted on walls, printed on T-shirts, and worshipped at countless shrines. For undocumented Mexicans in New York, Guadalupe continues to be a powerful presence as they struggle to gain citizenship in a new country.

Through rich ethnographic research which illuminates Catholicism as practiced by Mexicans in New York, Alyshia Gálvez shows that it is through Guadalupan devotion that many undocumented immigrants are finding the will and vocabulary to demand rights, immigration reform, and respect. She also reveals how such devotion supports and emboldens immigrants in their struggle to provide for their families and create their lives in the city with dignity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814732144
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures xi

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Introduction 1

2 On Citizenship, Membership, and the Right to Have Rights 16

3 Los Comités Guadalupanos and Asociación Tepeyac: Their Formation and Context 31

4 Our Lady of Guadalupe: The Image and Its Circulation 72

5 EI Viacrucis del Inmigrante and Other Public Processions 107

6 La Antorcha Guadalupana/The Guadalupan Torch Run: Messengers for a People Divided by the Border 140

7 Conclusion: Citizenship for Immigrants 167

Appendix: A Note on Methodology and the Use of Pseudonyms 193

Notes 197

References 211

Index 227

About the Author 237

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