Cement, Earthworms, and Cheese Factories
Religion and Community Development in Rural Ecuador
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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Many people and organizations in many places have made this book possible. In Ecuador, I am grateful to familia Martinez-Pacheco, who hosted me in my early days in the country, taught me Spanish, and became family. I also thank Carmen Bauz, who has given me shelter, warm...
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“So, are you an evangelical, or what?” It was a misty afternoon in 1996 in a small community high in the Ecuadorian mountains. Vicente, a middle-aged Catholic farmer, had paused as we worked together on a composting project, squinting at me over shovels and small creatures...
1. “Things Both Good and Bad”: Religion and Development in Latin American Contexts
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October 16, 2002. The students at the public high school in San Marcos, many of whom are from outlying communities in the canton and board in local rooms in order to complete their secondary education, gathered in the school’s central courtyard and athletic area to hear a speech about...
2. La Lucha: Negotiating Desire, Community, Religion, and Progress in San Marcos
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On a dark night in September 2002, we were headed to one of the places on the edge of the map, but we were having difficulty reaching it. Dust and the low clearance of our four-door sedan prevented easy passage to our destination. High-centered and spinning our wheels, we could...
3. Pedagogies of Power: Alternative Developments
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Several years after Juan and Antonieta’s party, and at the end of a relatively distant road, I found myself once again thinking about kitchens as a part of ethnographic work. Seated at the back of a crowded apartment living room in Cayambe, a cantonal capital in the north of the country...
4. Good Housekeeping: Negotiating Religion and Development at Home
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Negotiations, as human activity, happen in places. Where one can slow down enough to glimpse and perhaps go through the thin barriers between public and private life, one can begin to discern the points of contact and exchange where larger discourses meet and are transformed...
5. Cement Things: Imagining Infrastructure, Community, and Progress
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Buildings. Easily visible from the side of the road, buildings are among the most obvious signs of development and institutional religion in the modern Ecuadorian landscape. On the highway from Guaranda to San Marcos, a nursery complex sponsored by a Catholic development...
6. Spiritual Cardiology: Wholeness, Becoming, and (Dis)Integration
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“Do gringos believe in bad air [mal aire]?” Lucía asked me one evening as I stood in her living room. I had come over to borrow her phone in order to check on a friend who was ill. She posed the question in a casual, conversational tone, but she had stopped folding the pile of clothes...
Conclusion: Truman’s Earthworms
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Two weeks before I was scheduled to leave Ecuador after my fieldwork in 2002–3, I found myself across the fence from Vicente’s backyard, once again up to my elbows in earthworms. This time I was digging up the great-great-grandchildren of Viche’s original bunch to take back...
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Page Count: 224
Illustrations: 4 halftones
Publication Year: 2012