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Political Spirituality of Cesar Chavez: Crossing Religious Borders

Luis D. León

Abstract

This book is a mythology—not a history or a biography—inasmuch as the author’s interest is in tracing the myths Chavez created about himself and those told about him, paying particular attention to the variations of the story. Rather than weigh in on the differences, the author probes the meaning of the incongruity. The book moves theoretically from religious poetics to religious politics. It argues for Chavez as a religious border crosser—“nepantla spirituality”—and frames his movement as engaged with American civil religion.

Keywords: myth, body, politics, spirituality, borderlands, nepantla, assemblage, nonviolence, satyagraha, masculinity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520283688
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520283688.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luis D. León, author
University of Denver