Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States

Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States

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One of two book projects to come out of the Hispanic Churches in America Public Life project (HCAPL), this project seeks to examine the impact of religion on political and civic engagement in the Latino community. This volume presents sixteen new essays addressing important issues, personalities, and movements in Latino religions in America. The authors' purpose is to overthrow the longstanding stereotype that Latinos are politically passive and that their churches have supported the status quo, failing to engage in or support the struggle for civil rights and social justice. Individual essays explore such varied topics as "The Mysticism and Social Action of Cesar Chavez," "The Challenges of Being Latina, Catholic, and Feminist," "Hispanic Churches in Faith-Based Community Organizing," and "The Mexican American Cultural Center and the Politics of Cultural Empowerment."show more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 521.64g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Numerous halftones, tables
  • 0195162285
  • 9780195162288
  • 1,659,410

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This excellent book provides the most comprehensive portrait to date of U.S. Latino religions and politics. It challenges previous stereotypes, advances our understanding of the connection between religion and civic activism, and maps out this diverse community and its changing styles of political and civic engagement. Highly recommended! * Wade Clark Roof, Director, Capps Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life, University of California, Santa Barbara * I warmly recommend this book as an original scholarly examination of the pervasive influence of religion, personal, institutional, and cultural on the political and civic actions of Hispanics in the U.S. * David Leege, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Notre Dame * Finally! A collection of timely, high-quality, variegated, and very readable essays that examine the impact of U.S. Latino/a religions on social and political participation over the past 150 years. A must-read that is predestined to become a classic in its field. * Otto Maduro, Professor of World Christianity and Latin American Christianity, Drew University * This book is a must read for anyone interested in the relationship between Latino religions and the struggle for justice in U.S. society. College, university and seminary professors and students as well as community activists, pastors and lay leaders will find this text useful in deepening their understanding of the role of faith in sustained political action. * James H. Cone, Briggs Distinguished Professor of Theology, Union Theological Seminary, New York *show more

About Gaston Espinosa

Gaston Espinosa is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Claremont McKenna College and past project manager of the Hispanic Churches in American Public Life research project. Virgilio Elizondo is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame, co-principal investigator of the Hispanic Churches in American Public Life research project, and co-founder of the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio, Texas. Jesse Miranda is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Urban Studies and Ethnic Leadership at Vanguard University, co-principal investigator of the Hispanic Churches in American Public Life research project, and founder and president of the Alianza de Ministerios Evangelicos Nacionales (AMEN)."show more

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