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Provides a new understanding of the relationship between Church and State in 20th-century Costa Rica.

Understanding the relationship between religion and social justice in Costa Rica involves piecing together the complex interrelationships between Church and State — between priests, popes, politics, and the people. This book does just that.

Dana Sawchuk chronicles the fortunes of the country’s two competing forms of labour organizations during the 1980s and demonstrates how different factions within the Church came to support either the union movement or Costa Rica’s home-grown Solidarity movement.

Challenging the conventional understanding of Costa Rica as a wholly peaceful and prosperous nation, and traditional interpretations of Catholic Social Teaching, this book introduces readers to a Church largely unknown outside Costa Rica. Sawchuk has carefully analyzed material from a multitude of sources — interviews, newspapers, books, and articles, as well as official Church documents, editorials, and statements by Church representativesto provide a firmly rooted socio-economic history of the experiences of workers, and the Catholic Church’s responses to workers in Costa Rica.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1: Introduction
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 2: Crisis in Costa Rica
  2. pp. 21-32
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  1. 3: The Unions in the Face of the Crisis
  2. pp. 33-45
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  1. 4: Official Catholic Social Teaching on Workers' Issues
  2. pp. 47-80
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  1. 5: Monseñor Arrieta and CECOR
  2. pp. 81-107
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  1. 6: CECODERS
  2. pp. 109-130
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  1. 7: Limón Province
  2. pp. 131-140
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  1. 8: The ESJ23
  2. pp. 141-161
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  1. 9: The Official Church in Limón
  2. pp. 163-185
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  1. 10: Liberationist and Conservative Catholicisms in Costa Rica and Beyond
  2. pp. 187-197
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 199-235
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 237-258
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 259-270
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780889209343
Related ISBN
9780889204454
MARC Record
OCLC
57197321
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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