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“A Little with God Is a Lot”: Popular Religion and Human Security in the Land of the Brazilian Colonels

Jonathan Warren

in Religion and Human Security

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827732
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950553 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827732.003.0008
“A Little with God Is a Lot”: Popular Religion and Human Security in the Land of the Brazilian Colonels

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This chapter takes on a popular opinion in Brazil that contemporary culture and popular religion do nothing but sustain the status quo. Through a close case study of the municipality of Araçuaí, in the Jequitinhonha Valley of northeastern Minas Gerais, it shows that there is something much more complex taking place on the ground. It finds that the people are activated to resist oppression, even while participating in popular religious traditions—a finding that stands in contrast to popular opinion in much of urban Brazil. Consequently, popular religion is the engine of advancement for human rights, health, social equality, democratization, and economic development. All of which is very much in line with the definition of human security developed in this volume.

Keywords: Brazil; contemporary culture; popular religion; Araçuaí; oppression; human security

Chapter.  8817 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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