Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States

Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States

by Gaston Espinosa
     
 


The Latino community in the United States is commonly stereotyped as Roman Catholic and politically passive. Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States challenges and revises these stereotypes by demonstrating the critical influence of Latino Catholics, Evangelicals, Pentecostals, Mainline Protestants, and others on political, civic, andSee more details below

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The Latino community in the United States is commonly stereotyped as Roman Catholic and politically passive. Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States challenges and revises these stereotypes by demonstrating the critical influence of Latino Catholics, Evangelicals, Pentecostals, Mainline Protestants, and others on political, civic, and social engagement in the United States and Puerto Rico. It also revises the ostensibly secular narrative of Latino history and politics. The authors analyze the critical role that institutional, popular, and civil religion have played in Latino activism. This timely book offers readers a new framework by which to understand and to interpret the central importance of religious symbols, rhetoric, ideology, world-views, and leaders to Latino religions and politics over the past 150 years.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195162271
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : U.S. Latino religions and faith-based political, civic, and social action3
1Conquest, faith, and resistance in the Southwest19
2The mysticism and social action of Cesar Chavez35
3Cesar Chavez and Mexican American civil religion53
4"In the outer boundaries" : pentecostalism, politics, and Reies Lopez Tijerina's civic activism65
5PADRES : Latino community priests and social action77
6The challenges and consequences of being Latina, Catholic, and political97
7Spiritual affirmation and empowerment : the Mexican American cultural center111
8[actual symbol not reproducible]Ya Basta! : Latino/a Protestant activism in the Chicano/a and farm workers movements127
9Fe y Accion Social : Hispanic churches in faith-based community organizing145
10"Dangerous times call for risky responses" : Latino immigration and sanctuary, 1981-2001159
11Public lives in American Hispanic churches : expanding the paradigm177
12"The ladies are warriors" : Latina pentecostalism and faith-based activism in New York City197
13Chains of liberation : poverty and social action in the universal church of the kingdom of God219
14"The Lord requires justice" : lessons on leadership from the African American church for Mexican American Catholics233
15Pray for Elian : religion and politics in Miami249
16Intifada : church-state conflict in Vieques, Puerto Rico263
17Latino clergy and churches in faith-based political and social action in the United States279
Conclusion : assessing and interpreting 150 years of Latino faith-based civic activism307

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