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Latina/o Religious Politics

Felipe Hinojosa

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History


Published online April 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780199329175 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199329175.013.456

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Religion is at the heart of the Latina/o experience in the United States. It is a deeply personal matter that often shapes political orientations, how people vote, where they live, and the type of family choices they make. Latina/o religious politics—defined as the religious beliefs, ethics, and cultures that motivate social and political action in society—represent the historic interaction between popular and institutional religion. The evolution of Protestantism, Pentecostalism, and Catholic Social Action throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries illuminates the ways in which Latina/o religious communities interacted with movements for social justice.

Keywords: Catholic Social Action; Chicano movement; religion; politics; Latinas/os; Protestants; Pentecostals; civil rights

Article.  10763 words. 

Subjects: Political History ; US History (Immigration and Ethnicity) ; History of Religion

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