Explores a particularly vivid example of liberation theology - an innovative religious and political movement that flourished in Latin AMerica for more than twenty years.
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.
Table of Contents
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS IX (2)
1 CONSECRATED POLITICS AND ACTIVIST RELIGION 1 (24)
2 PORTRAIT OF THE NORTHEAST 25 (28)
3 THE POLITICS OF THEOLOGY 53 (40)
4 THE DANGER OF STORIES 93 (26)
5 RITUALIZING DISSENSION 119(20)
6 WHAT IT BECOMES 139(26)
ADDENDUM: CHRONOLOGY OF A CRISIS 165(6)