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Migration, Mujercitas, and Medicine MenLiving in Urban Mexico$
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Valentina Napolitano

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520233188

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520233188.001.0001

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Religious Discourses and the Politics of Modernity

Religious Discourses and the Politics of Modernity

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(p.69) Chapter 3 Religious Discourses and the Politics of Modernity
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Migration, Mujercitas, and Medicine Men
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Valentina Napolitano

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520233188.003.0004

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

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