The Church at the Grassroots in Latin America: Perspectives on Thirty Years of Activism

June 1, 2000

The Church at the Grassroots in Latin America: Perspectives on Thirty Years of Activism assesses the major impact of the Catholic Church, especially its liberationist movements, on Latin American society and culture from 1970 to 2000. Contributors offer case studies from Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, focusing on analysis of the local, grassroots level of social and political activism. Empirical accounts offer insight on the Church's involvement in politics, labor and land issues, race and gender relations, leadership, and neighborhood organizations. Editors John Burdick and W.E. Hewitt also accumulate perspectives on the more recent decline in liberationist Catholic activism in Central and South America and hypothesize about the effects this marginalization will have on the region.

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