Women, religion, and social change in Brazil's popular church /

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Main Author: Drogus, Carol Ann
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, c1997.
Series:Title from the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies
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For several years religious commentators predicted that the Latin American-originated religious philosophy "Liberation Theology" would provide the essential framework for significant social, political, and religious change in Latin America. This volume suggests that the anticipated changes have been less than expected. Nevertheless, in studying grassroots Catholic groups in the diocese of S~ao Miguel Paulista on the edge of the city of S~ao Paulo, Brazil, Drogus (government, Hamilton College) found important social change associated with these small religious organizations. Her findings indicate that one of Liberation Theology's more important by-products has been a revision of gender roles and attitudes toward religion and society among poor lay Brazilian women. This volume, based on observation and interview, provides an insightful perspective on female life in lower-class Brazil. Drogus's suggestion that the most lasting effect of Liberation Theology may be in the area of gender role modification is an important insight into current religion in Latin America. Suitable for upper-division undergraduates through faculty and researchers, this book will be of interest to academic libraries with collections in Latin America, women's studies, and religion. M. L. Grover; Brigham Young University

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