Religious Discourses and the Politics of Modernity

Valentina Napolitano

in Migration, Mujercitas, and Medicine Men

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233188
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928473 | DOI:
Religious Discourses and the Politics of Modernity

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This chapter addresses prisms of belonging in relation to the Catholic Church in Mexico, focusing on the experience of the Comunidades Eclesiales de Base (CEB). It analyzes the ways in which the Church is represented in terms of metaphors of the “new” and “traditional” Church in the eyes of some members and clergy. It explains that in CEBs activities there is a subtle hierarchical control and distribution of knowledge between clerical agents, promotores, and members which suggest that a progressive social movement can actually be composed of subtle forms expressing conservative tendencies.

Keywords: belonging; Catholic Church; Mexico; CEB; hierarchical control; distribution of knowledge; social movement

Chapter.  10704 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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