Religion and Political Conflict in Latin America / Edition 1

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The authors examine popular religion as a vital source of new values and experiences as well as a source of pressure for change in the church, political life, and the social order as a whole and deal with the issues of poverty and the role of the poor within the church and political structures. Exploring areas from Nicaragua, El Salvador, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, and Chile, the authors analyze the transformation in popular religion and reevaluate the growth of grassroots organizations.

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Editorial Reviews

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[This book] successfully presents the conflicts, characteristics, and themes of popular religion for scholars and laypersons alike.

Journal of Developing Areas

Library Journal
Much has been written recently on the relation between religion and politics in Latin America. This book examines changes in Latin American Catholicism since 1968, changes that have come about because ``popular'' or grass-roots religion now serves as a source of new values and of pressure for change in the entire social order. It adds significantly to our understanding of the interrelationship between the Catholic Church and the basic Christian communities that represent an important means by which the Church may regain its influence in Latin American society. This scholarly work would probably not appeal to lay readers but is recommended for academic libraries. Ken Phifer, Montgomery Cty. P.L. & Montgomery Coll. Lib., Rockville, Md.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807841501
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 6/20/1986
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 279
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
1 Religion, the Poor, and Politics in Latin America Today 3
2 Ambivalence and Assumption in the Concept of Popular Religion 24
3 Latin America's Religious Populists 42
4 El Salvador: From Evangelization to Insurrection 58
5 Nicaragua: The Struggle for the Church 79
6 Brazil: The Catholic Church and Basic Christian Communities 106
7 Brazil: The Catholic Church and the Popular Movement in Nova Iguacu, 1974-1985 124
8 Chile: Deepening the Allegiance of Working-Class Sectors to the Church in the 1970s 156
9 Colombia: The Institutional Church and the Popular 187
10 Bolivia: Continuity and Conflict in Religious Discourse 218
11 Conflict and Renewal 236
Select Bibliography 257
Contributors 261
Index 263
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