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Introduction: U.S. Latino Religions and Faith-Based Political, Civic, and Social Action

Gastó Espinosa, Virgilio Elizondo and Jesse Miranda

in Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195162271
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850365 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162271.003.0001
Introduction: U.S. Latino Religions and Faith-Based Political, Civic, and Social Action

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This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to spotlight the importance of religion in the Latino community. The goal is to initiate a critical discussion about the impact of Latino religions on political, civic, and social action in the United States. The findings in this book suggest that Latino religious ideology, institutions, leaders, and symbols have played a crucial role in Latino political, civic, and social action in the United States. In fact, the evidence in this book suggests that they have served as the ideological glue for some of the most important struggles in the Latino community over the past 150 years. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords: Latino religions; Latino community; religious ideology; United States

Chapter.  6731 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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