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Claiming The Virgin

Author : Robin Nagle
ISBN : 9781135239312
Genre : Social Science
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In rich ethnographic detail, Robin Nagle chronicles the life of a poor Brazilian community in its relationship to the Catholic church and to the larger politics of Brazil. Centered in Recife, on the northeast coast, Nagle's work investigates how liberation theology attracted followers, and demonstrates why the movement never took hold as predicted.
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Activist Faith

Author : Carol Ann Drogus
ISBN : 9780271025490
Genre : Religion
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&"An extensive and powerful literature on religion, society, and politics in Latin America in recent years has begun with the assumption that most of the movements that surged in the struggle against military rule are dead, that most of the activists are scattered and burned out, and that the promise of civil society as a source of new values and a new kind of citizenship and political life was illusory. Many have assumed that the religiously inspired activism of that period left little lasting impact, but hardly anyone has actually looked at the activists themselves to see what remains, how they cope in a different, more open environment, and how they see and act on the present and future. Activist Faith addresses these issues with a wealth of empirical detail from two key cases and with a richly interdisciplinary argument that draws on theorizing about social movements. The authors strive to understand what sustains activism and movements in radically different circumstances from those in which they arose. Their analysis is enriched by systematic attention to the impact of gender and gender-related issues on activism and movements. In the process, they shed much needed light on the fate of the activists and social movements that rose to prominence throughout Latin America during the 1980s. This beautifully written book is a major achievement that gives us analytical tools for studying how movements and activists survive in the doldrums and when a cycle of protest peaks and societies move on.&"&—Daniel H. Levine, University of Michigan
Category: Religion

Picking Up On The Streets And Behind The Trucks With The Sanitation Workers Of New York City

Author : Robin Nagle
ISBN : 9781466836730
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America's largest city generates garbage in torrents—11,000 tons from households each day on average. But New Yorkers don't give it much attention. They leave their trash on the curb or drop it in a litter basket, and promptly forget about it. And why not? On a schedule so regular you could almost set your watch by it, someone always comes to take it away. But who, exactly, is that someone? And why is he—or she—so unknown? In Picking Up, the anthropologist Robin Nagle introduces us to the men and women of New York City's Department of Sanitation and makes clear why this small army of uniformed workers is the most important labor force on the streets. Seeking to understand every aspect of the Department's mission, Nagle accompanied crews on their routes, questioned supervisors and commissioners, and listened to story after story about blizzards, hazardous wastes, and the insults of everyday New Yorkers. But the more time she spent with the DSNY, the more Nagle realized that observing wasn't quite enough—so she joined the force herself. Driving the hulking trucks, she obtained an insider's perspective on the complex kinships, arcane rules, and obscure lingo unique to the realm of sanitation workers. Nagle chronicles New York City's four-hundred-year struggle with trash, and traces the city's waste-management efforts from a time when filth overwhelmed the streets to the far more rigorous practices of today, when the Big Apple is as clean as it's ever been. Throughout, Nagle reveals the many unexpected ways in which sanitation workers stand between our seemingly well-ordered lives and the sea of refuse that would otherwise overwhelm us. In the process, she changes the way we understand cities—and ourselves within them.
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The Birth And Impact Of The Base Ecclesial Community And Liberative Theological Discourse In Brazil

Author : Andrew Dawson
ISBN : UTEXAS:059173005973641
Genre : Religion
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"With its principal focus upon the years since 1959, this work draws on materials in Portuguese, Spanish and English, as well as bringing to bear the disciplines of religious, sociological and historical studies. Analyzing the interplay of societal, institutional and theological factors which led to the emergence of the base ecclesial community and liberative theological discourse in Brazil, this work is of value to scholars and students alike who have a specific interest in either of these ecclesial phenomena or a general interest in the self-understanding and activity of the church in Latin America." "Avoiding reductionist approaches of all kinds, this work offers a balanced and comprehensive analysis in which both material conditions and ideational concerns are given equal consideration as mutually influencing the emergence of a liberative theological discourse and the base ecclesial community in Brazil. This balanced and comprehensive treatment furnishes insight into the manner in which prevailing theological trends, existing societal conditions and enduring institutional preoccupations interacted to generate these two phenomena and set the context for their impact upon the church and society at large."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Latin American Liberation Theology

Author : David Tombs
ISBN : UTEXAS:059173011670600
Genre : Religion
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David Tombs offers an accessible introduction to the theological challenges raised by Latin American Liberation and a new contribution to how these challenges might be understood as a chronological sequence. Liberation theology emerged in the 1960s in Latin America and thrived until it reached a crisis in the 1990s. This work traces the distinct developments in thought through the decades, thus presenting a contextual theology. The book is divided into five main sections: the historical role of the church from Columbus s arrival in 1492 until the Cuban revolution of 1959; the reform and renewal decade of the 1960s; the transitional decade of the 1970s; the revision and redirection of liberation theology in the 1980s; and a crisis of relevance in the 1990s. This book offers insights into liberation theology s profound contributions for any socially engaged theology of the future and is crucial to understanding liberation theology and its legacies.This publication has also been published in paperback, please click here for details."
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The Human Tradition In Modern Brazil

Author : Peter M. Beattie
ISBN : UTEXAS:059173011885185
Genre : History
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The Human Tradition in Modern Brazil makes the last two centuries of Brazilian history come alive through the stories of mostly non-elite individuals. The pieces in this lively collection address how people experienced historical continuities and changes by exploring how they related to the rise of Brazilian national identity and the emergence of a national state. By including a broad array of historical actors from different regions, ethnicities, occupations, races, genders, and eras, The Human Tradition in Modern Brazil brings a human dimension to major economic, political, cultural, and social transitions. Because these perspectives do not always fit with the generalizations made about the predominant attitudes, values, and beliefs of different groups, they bring a welcome complexity to the understanding of Brazilian society and history.
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Lost For Words

Author : Goetz Frank Ottmann
ISBN : UTEXAS:059173012459273
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Based on in-depth interviews and participant observation, Lost for Words? investigates the rise and decline of progressive Catholic grassroots activism in its drive for social justice in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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Secret Dialogues

Author : Ken Serbin
ISBN : UTEXAS:059173007681589
Genre : History
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Secret Dialogues uncovers an unexpected development in modern Latin American history: the existence of secret talks between generals and Roman Catholic bishops at the height of Brazil's military dictatorship. During the brutal term of Emílio Garrastazú Médici, the Catholic Church became famous for its progressivism. However, new archival sources demonstrate that the church also sought to retain its privileges and influence by exploring a potential alliance with the military. From 1970 to 1974 the secret Bipartite Commission worked to resolve church-state conflict and to define the boundary between social activism and subversion. As the bishops increasingly made defense of human rights their top pastoral and political goal, the Bipartite became an important forum of protest against torture and social injustice. Based on more than 60 interviews and primary sources from three continents, Secret Dialogues is a major addition to the historical narrative of the most violent yet, ironically, the least studied period of the Brazilian military regime. Its story is intertwined with the central themes of the era: revolutionary warfare, repression, censorship, the fight for democracy, and the conflict between Catholic notions of social justice and the anticommunist Doctrine of National Security. Secret Dialogues is the first book of its kind on the contemporary Catholic Church in any Latin American country, for most work in this field is devoid of primary documentary research. Serbin questions key assumptions about church-state conflict such as the typical conservative-progressive dichotomy and the notion of church-state rupture during harsh authoritarian periods. Secret Dialogues is written for undergraduate and graduate students, professional scholars, and the general reader interested in Brazil, Latin America, military dictatorship, human rights, and the relationship between religion and politics.
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Religions In Transition

Author : Jan-Åke Alvarsson
ISBN : STANFORD:36105112598318
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"With the possible exception of the forced conversions of the Reformation, the world has never seen more massive transitions in religion than around the turn of this century. During the last three decades of the 20th century, more people converted from one"
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