The Church at the Grassroots in Latin America: Perspectives on Thirty Years of Activism

The Church at the Grassroots in Latin America: Perspectives on Thirty Years of Activism

by John Burdick
     
 

Over the past 30 years the liberationist Catholic Church has had a major impact on Latin American society and culture. This edited volume offers both a careful assessment of the Church's effects on the social, cultural, and political landscape of Latin America, and an analysis of the factors contributing to the liberationist Church's recent

Overview

Over the past 30 years the liberationist Catholic Church has had a major impact on Latin American society and culture. This edited volume offers both a careful assessment of the Church's effects on the social, cultural, and political landscape of Latin America, and an analysis of the factors contributing to the liberationist Church's recent marginalization—including the fragmentation of the Left, the fall of authoritarian regimes, and the rise of powerful competitors in the religious marketplace. Moving away from an exclusive focus on leaders, clergy, and institutional elites, the contributors analyze the local, grassroots level and provide detailed empirical accounts of the day-to-day reality of progressive movements within the Church. Case studies from Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua illustrate the Church's impact on politics, labor and land issues, race and gender relations, leadership, and neighborhood organizations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275966591
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.45(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
1440L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

JOHN BURDICK is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University. His research focuses on the politics of religion, social movements, applied anthropology, and the analysis of race in Brazil. His publications include Looking for God in Brazil (1993) and Blessed Anastacia: Women, Race and Popular Christianity in Brazil (1998).

W. E. HEWITT is Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. He is the author of Base Christian Communities and Social Change in Brazil (1991) and editor of The Sociology of Religion: A Canadian Focus (1993). He has also published numerous scholarly articles on religion and social movements.

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