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Christianity, Social Change, and Globalization in the Americas

Anna L. Peterson Manuel A. Vasquez Philip J. Williams
Price: $ 22

This volume resulted from a collaborative research project into responses of Protestant and Catholic religious communities in the Americas to the challenges of globalization. Contributors from the fields of religion, anthropology, political science, and sociology draw on fieldwork in Peru, El Salvador, and the United States to show the interplay of economic globalization, migration, and growing religious pluralism in Latin America.

Organized around three central themes-family, youth, and community; democratization, citizenship, and political participation; and immigration and transnationalism-the book argues that, at the local level, religion helps people, especially women and youths, solidify their identities and confront the challenges of the modern world. Religious communities are seen as both peaceful venues for people to articulate their needs, and forums for building participatory democracies in the Americas. Finally, the contributors examine how religion enfranchises poor women, youths, and people displaced by war or economic change and, at the same time, drives social movements that seek to strengthen family and community bonds disrupted by migration and political violence.

About the Author
Anna L. Peterson is an associate professor of religion at the University of Florida and the author of Martyrdom and the Politics of Religion. Manuel Vásquez is an associate professor of religion at the University of Florida and the author of The Brazilian Popular Church and the Crisis of Modernity. Philip J. Williams is professor of political science at the University of Florida and author of The Catholic Church and Politics in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

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