Resurgent Voices in Latin America: Indigenous Peoples, Political Mobilization, and Religious Change

Resurgent Voices in Latin America: Indigenous Peoples, Political Mobilization, and Religious Change

by Edward L. Cleary
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813534607

ISBN-13: 9780813534602

Pub. Date: 09/28/2003

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

After more than 500 years of marginalization, Latin America’s forty million Indians have recently made major strides in gaining political recognition and civil rights. In this book, social scientists explore the important role of religion in indigenous activism, showing the ways that religion has strengthened indigenous identity and contributed to the

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After more than 500 years of marginalization, Latin America’s forty million Indians have recently made major strides in gaining political recognition and civil rights. In this book, social scientists explore the important role of religion in indigenous activism, showing the ways that religion has strengthened indigenous identity and contributed to the struggle for indigenous rights in the region.

Drawing on case studies from Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Mexico, the contributors explore four key questions. How have traditional religions interacted with Christianity to produce new practices and beliefs? What resources, motivations, and ideological legitimacies do religious institutions provide for indigenous social movements? How effective are these movements in achieving their goals? Finally, as new religious groups continue to compete for adherents in the region, how will individuals’ religious choices affect political outcomes?

Resurgent Voices in Latin America
 offers new insight into the dynamics of indigenous social movements and into the complex and changing world of Latin American religions. The essays show that religious beliefs, practices, and institutions have both affected and been affected by political activism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813534602
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.86(d)
Lexile:
1680L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1Resurgent voices : Indians, politics, and religion in Latin America1
2From civil society to collective action : the politics of religion in Ecuador25
3New voice in religion and politics in Bolivia and Peru43
4Breaking down religious barriers : indigenous people and Christian churches in Paraguay65
5Interwoven histories : the Catholic church and the Maya, 1940 to the present93
6"God was already here when Columbus arrived" : inculturation theology and the Mayan movement in Guatemala125
7"Knowing where we enter" : indigenous theology and the popular church in Oaxaca, Mexico154
8Mayan Catholics in Chiapas, Mexico : practicing faith on their own terms187
9The indigenous theology movement in Latin America : encounters of memory, resistance, and hope at the crossroads210
10Conclusion : listening to resurgent voices231

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