Religious Culture in Modern Mexico

Religious Culture in Modern Mexico

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Religious Culture in Modern Mexico by Martin Austin Nesvig

This nuanced book considers the role of religion and religiosity in modern Mexico, breaking new ground with an emphasis on popular religion and its relationship to politics. The contributors highlight the multifaceted role of religion, illuminating the ways that religion and religious devotion have persisted and changed since Mexican independence. They explore such themes as the relationship between church and state, the resurgence of religiosity and religious societies in the post-reform period, the religious values of the liberals of the 1850s, and the ways that popular expressions of religion often trumped formal and universal proscriptions. Focusing on individual stories and vignettes and on local elements of religion, the contributors show that despite efforts to secularize society, religion continues to be a strong component of Mexican culture. Portraying the complexity of religiosity in Mexico in the context of an increasingly secular state, this book will be invaluable for all those interested in Latin American history and religion.

Contributions by: Silvia Marina Arrom, Adrian Bantjes, Alejandro Cortázar, Jason Dormady, Martin Austin Nesvig, Matthew D. O'Hara, Daniela Traffano, Paul J. Vanderwood, Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, Pamela Voekel, and Edward Wright-Rios

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461643029
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2007
Series: Jaguar Books on Latin America
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 292
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Martin Austin Nesvig is assistant professor of history at the University of Miami.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Miserables and Citizens: Indians, Legal Pluralism, and Religious Practice in Early Republican Mexico
Chapter 3: "Para formar el corazón religioso de los jóvenes": Processes of Change in Collective Religiosity in Nineteenth-Century Oaxaca
Chapter 4: Mexican Laywomen Spearhead a Catholic Revival: The Ladies of Charity, 1863–1910
Chapter 5: Liberal Religion: The Schism of 1861
Chapter 6: Priests and Caudillos in the Novel of the Mexican Nation
Chapter 7: "A New Political Religious Order": Church, State, and Workers in Porfirian Mexico
Chapter 8: Rights, Rule, and Religion: Old Colony Mennonites and Mexico's Transition to the Free Market, 1920–2000
Chapter 9: Visions of Women: Revelation, Gender, and Catholic Resurgence
Chapter 10: Juan Soldado: The Popular Canonization of a Confessed Rapist-Murderer
Chapter 11: Religion and the Mexican Revolution: Toward a New Historiography

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