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

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Our Lady of the Exile is a study of Cuban-American popular Catholicism, focusing on the shrine of Our Lady of 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. 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 their 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 not only scholars and students of Religious Studies, American Studies, and Ethnic Studies but also those who study cultural anthropology, human geography, and Latin American history.
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"Our Lady of the Exile is a valuable contribution to the growing literature on Catholic and folk devotional religion. It will spark fruitful discussion in courses on popular religion and/or Latino history and religiosity."—Church History

"...the careful research and analysis presented in this volume make it a valuable source for scholars and students of Latino religion and religious studies generally, as well as American and ethnic studies, anthropology, and American Catholicism."—Catholic Historical Review

"...the careful research and analysis presented in this volume make it a valuable source for scholars and students of Latino religion and religious studies generally, as well as American and ethnic studies, anthropology, and American Catholicism."—The Catholic Historical Review

"The book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on popular religion in the United States....This book will be appealing to students of the Cuban experience in the United States and to professors seeking a text that provides ethnographic details on a contemporary religious experience of one of the larger Latino groups in the United States."—Sociology of Religion

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195155938
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Religion in America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Sources and Methods 5
Argument and Organization 10
1 The Virgin's Exile: The Cuban Patroness and the Diaspora in Miami 15
2 Santeria, Catholicism, and Evangelization: Struggles for Religious Identity 43
3 Diverse Devotees, Plural Practices, and Multiple Meanings 56
4 Nationalism, Religion, and Diasporic Identity: An Interpretive Framework 83
5 Religious Artifacts and Diasporic Identity 99
6 Religious Rituals and Diasporic Identity 116
Postscript: Religion, Place, and Displacement 134
App. A: Chronology 143
App. B English-Language Version of the Structured Interview Questions 146
Notes 149
Select Bibliography 197
Index 216
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