Our Lady of the Exile: Diasporic Religion at a Cuban Catholic Shrine in Miami / Edition 1 by Thomas A. Tweed | 9780195105292 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Our Lady of the Exile: Diasporic Religion at a Cuban Catholic Shrine in Miami / Edition 1

Our Lady of the Exile: Diasporic Religion at a Cuban Catholic Shrine in Miami / Edition 1

by Thomas A. Tweed
     
 

ISBN-10: 019510529X

ISBN-13: 9780195105292

Pub. Date: 10/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Our Lady of the Exile is a study of Cuban-American popular Catholicism, focusing on the shrine of Our Lady Charity in Miami. Drawing on a wide range of sources and using both historical and ethnographic methods, the book examines the religious life of the Cuban exiles who visit the shrine. Those pilgrims are diverse, and so are the motives that bring them. At the

Overview

Our Lady of the Exile is a study of Cuban-American popular Catholicism, focusing on the shrine of Our Lady Charity in Miami. Drawing on a wide range of sources and using both historical and ethnographic methods, the book examines the religious life of the Cuban exiles who visit the shrine. Those pilgrims are diverse, and so are the motives that bring them. At the same time, author Thomas A. Tweed argues, Cuban devotees of the national patroness share a great deal. Most come to pray for their homeland and to recreate bonds with other Cubans, on the island and in the diaspora. The shrine is a place where they come to make sense of themselves as an exiled people. The religious symbols there link the past and present and bridge the homeland and the new land. Through rituals and artifacts at the shrine, Tweed suggests, the Cuban diaspora "imaginatively constructs its collective identity and transports itself to the Cuba of memory and desire."

While the book focuses on Cuban exiles in Miami, it moves beyond case study as it explores larger issues concerning religion, identity, and place. How do migrants relate to heir homeland? How do they understand themselves after they have been displaced? What role does religion play among these diasporic groups? Building on this study of one exiled group, Tweed proposes a theory of diasporic religion that promises to illuminate the experiences of other groups that have been displaced from their native land.

As the first book-length analysis of Cuban-American Catholicism, Tweed's book will be an invaluable resource to scholars and students of not only Religious Studies, American Studies, and Ethnic Studies, but also those who study cultural anthropology, human geography, and Latin American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195105292
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Series:
Religion in America Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1400L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3(2)
Sources and Methods 5(5)
Argument and Organization 10(5)
I DEVOTION TO OUR LADY OF CHARITY 15(28)
I The Virgin's Exile: The Cuban Patroness and the Diaspora in Miami
15(28)
Our Lady of Charity in the Homeland, before 1959
16(10)
Our Lady of Charity and Her Devotees in Miami
26(17)
II CONTESTED MEANINGS AT THE SHRINE 43(40)
2 Santeria, Catholicism, and Evangelization: Struggles for Religious Identity
43(13)
Santeria and Catholicism in Cuba
45(1)
Struggles for Religious Identity in Miami
45(11)
3 Diverse Devotees, Plural Practices, and Multiple Meanings
56(27)
Diverse Devotees
57(12)
Plural Practices and Multiple Meanings
69(14)
III SHARED MEANINGS AT THE SHRINE 83(60)
4 Nationalism, Religion, and Diasporic Identity: An Interpretive Framework
83(16)
Diasporic Nationalism
83(8)
Diasporic Religion
91(8)
5 Religious Artifacts and Diasporic Identity
99(17)
The Site: The Sea and the Island
100(2)
The Interior
102(8)
The Exterior
110(5)
Conclusion
115(1)
6 Religious Rituals and Diasporic Identity
116(18)
Living and Dying Cuban
118(1)
Crossing the Sea on Radio Waves
119(1)
Mapping the Natal Landscape
120(5)
Moving in Time and Space: The Annual Festival
125(6)
Conclusion
131(3)
Postscript: Religion, Place, and Displacement
134(9)
Religion and Place in the Americas: Toward Other Narratives
135(3)
Religion and Displacement: Toward a Theory of Diasporic Religion
138(5)
Appendix A: Chronology 143(3)
Appendix B: English-Language Version of the Structured Interview Questions 146(3)
Notes 149(48)
Select Bibliography 197(19)
Index 216

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