Activist faith : grassroots women in democratic Brazil and Chile /
Carol Ann Drogus, Hannah Stewart-Gambino.
University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, c2005.
xi, 212 p. ; 24 cm.
0271025492 (clothbound : alk. paper)
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University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, c2005.
0271025492 (clothbound : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [197]-205) and index.
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Carol Ann Drogus is Professor of Government at Hamilton College Hannah Stewart-Gambino is Professor of Political Science and Director of Global Citizenship at Lehigh University
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-12-01:
When a dictatorship ends, what happens to the activists who worked hard to topple it? Drogus and Stewart-Gambino, political scientists at Hamilton College and Lehigh University, provide a longitudinal answer to this question. Their fieldwork in Brazil and Chile ranged from the 1980s (during the dictatorships) to the 1990s (the transition to democracy). The activists of the earlier period engaged in a range of social, economic, and political activities. All of this was backed by an assertive Catholic Church with its liberation theology and base communities. But, then, with redemocratization, the Church reverted to its traditionally conservative self, abandoning the grassroots activists and their causes. The break was not as great in Brazil as in Chile; but activists in both countries were now on their own, independently working on local, state, and national issues. The authors explore the strained relations between their (80 or so) informants and the Church, the rising Pentecostals, and the budding feminist movement (especially anathema in the Church's eyes). Rich testimonials throughout demonstrate the empowerment that veterans of the base communities had received, even if their later trajectories were somewhat different. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. E. M. Dew Fairfield University
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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.
Unpaid Annotation
Two leading authorities on religion and politics in Latin America have teamed up to produce the first comprehensive study of women's grassroots religious movements since the transition to democracy in Brazil and Chile. On one level, the book compels us to rethink the conventional wisdom about the death of social movements in Latin America. On a more human level, the interviews with activists give voice to ordinary heroes so often absent from the literature.
Long Description
"Activist Faith is the first comprehensive study of Women's grassroots religious movements since the transition to democracy in Brazil and Chile.
Short Annotation
An extensive and powerful literature on religion, society, and politics in Latin.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vi
List of Acronymsp. ix
Activism and Its Aftermathp. 1
Understanding Invisibility: Perspectives on Social Movement Declinep. 19
Resurrecting Civil Society: Christian Base Communities Under Military Rulep. 37
Earthquake Versus Erosion: Church Retreat and Social Movement Declinep. 70
Keeping the Faith: Empowerment and Activism in a New Erap. 103
Catholics and Pentecostals: Possibilities for Alliancep. 129
Activist Women and Women's Activists: Possibilities for Networking with Feminist Groupsp. 154
Legacies of Activism: Personal Empowerment, Movement Survivalp. 186
Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 207
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