Religion and Politics in America's Borderlands

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Religion and Politics in America's Borderlands brings together leading academic specialists on immigration and the borderlands, as well as nationally recognized grassroots activists, who reflect on their varied experiences of living, working, and teaching on the US-Mexico border and in the borderlands. Upper level undergraduate students, graduate theology and social science students, and the educated public would benefit from its incisive analysis of the ways the borderlands challenge conventional interpretations of more

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  • Hardback | 204 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 6 black & white illustrations
  • 0739178628
  • 9780739178621

About Sarah Azaransky

Sarah Azaransky teaches in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. She is author of The Dream is Freedom: Pauli Murray and American Democratic Faith (Oxford, 2011).show more

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This pioneering book offers an in-depth analysis of the ways the borderlands confront Christianity. Every page insists that immigration and the borderlands must be at center of the study of Christianity. The arguments are new and important. Simply put, it is a landmark volume. -- Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Boston College Religion and Politics in America's Borderlands is a passionate and original collection of essays that explores the complex ways in which life in the Mexico-US borderlands and religious practices, commitments and theologies are affecting each other today. Written by a diverse set of scholar-activists, this book offers new insights into the experiences and political realities that constitute immigration, and also provides practical tips for talking about them. This is an engaging, accessible and eye-opening volume that will be a valuable resource for professors, students and pastors alike. -- Susanna Snyder, University of Texas at Austin This powerful collection of essays not only speaks about the movement of peoples across borders but also the movement to a new way of thinking about migration. Writing from the crossroads of church, society, and culture, these engaged scholars present fresh insights into the human challenges at the border and the interplay of sovereign rights and human rights, natural law and civil law, and citizenship and discipleship. -- Daniel Groody, University of Notre Dameshow more

Table of contents

Introduction: The Border and the Borderlands Sarah Azaransky Part I: The Borderlands as a Religious Resource Chapter One: Immigration and Christian Doctrine Orlando Espin Chapter Two: Alternately Documented Theologies: Mapping Border, Exile, and Diaspora Carmen M. Nanko-Fernandez Chapter Three: How to Shape Christian Perspectives on Immigration?: Strategies for Communicating Biblical Teaching M. Daniel Carroll R. Part II: The Borderlands as a Political and Religious Reality Chapter Four: Borderlife and the Religious Imagination Daisy L. Machado Chapter Five: A Tour of the Border in San Diego: Militarization of the Line and Criminalization of Immigrants Pedro Rios Chapter Six: Spiritualities of Social Engagement: Women Resisting Violence in Mexico and Honduras Monica A. Maher Part III: The Borderlands as a Call to Action Chapter Seven: The Subversive Act of Breaking Break: How the Eucharist Transforms the Immigration Conversation Craig Wong Chapter Eight: A Divided Friendship: The Struggle to Save San Diego's Historic Border Park John Fanestil Chapter Nine: Vicissitudes of the Margins: An HIV/AIDS Theological Journey Angel F. Mendez Montoyashow more