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Latina/o Social Ethics

Moving Beyond Eurocentric Moral Thinking

Miguel A. De La Torre

Publication Year: 2010

A groundbreaking corrective work, Latina/o Social Ethics strives to create a liberative ethical approach to the Hispanic experience by using its own tools and materials. First explaining why Eurocentric ethical paradigms are inadequate in their attempts to liberate oppressed communities, Miguel De La Torre looks with Hispanic eyes at three major ethicists of the twentieth century—Walter Rauschenbusch, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Stanley Hauerwas—and how ethics is presented in U.S. culture wars, from the Religious Right to the Religious Left. He deconstructs these ethical paradigms and demonstrates why all are detrimental to and irreconcilable with the Hispanic social location.

With a clean slate, then, De La Torre moves to constructing a new Hispanic-centered ethical paradigm that is rooted in the Latino community way of being. Reviewing the field of Hispanic ethical thought, De La Torre pays special attention to specific concepts ripe with potential that have been developed over the past generation. In the final chapter, De La Torre offers his own constructive paradigm—an ethics para joder, which is rooted in the Latina/o experience, and by which, he argues, the Hispanic community can survive within U.S. culture.

Published by: Baylor University Press

Title Page/Copyright/Dedicaton

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pp. iv-vi

CONTENTS

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PREFACE

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pp. ix-xiii

A major problem facing marginalized communities, and in our case the Hispanic community, is that since childhood we have been taught to see and interpret reality through the eyes of the dominant culture. For those within the community who pursue scholastic endeavors, the success that is to be rewarded with a doctorate is determined by mastery of the predominant Eurocentric academic canon. Hispanic contributions to the discourse are usually dismissed as nonessential...

I. DECONSTRUCTING ETHICS

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1. MOVING BEYOND EUROCENTRIC ETHICS

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pp. 3-32

Ever wonder what happens when you fry baloney? I can expect puzzled looks from my students every time I ask this question. Fry baloney? Why would anyone in their right mind fry baloney? Still, I usually have a few students provide the correct answer: it bubbles up. It is interesting...

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2. MOVING BEYOND EUROCENTRIC RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVES

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pp. 33-63

During the Republican National Convention of 1992, defeated presidential candidate Pat Buchanan took the stage to give a primetime televised call to arms: “There is a religious war going on in our country for the soul of America. It is a cultural war, as critical to the kind of nation we will one day be as...

II. RECONSTRUCTING ETHICS

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pp. 65-

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3. WHERE WE HAVE BEEN

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pp. 67-88

In the first section of the book we explored Eurocentric ethics and found little or no room for the Hispanic voice. In this section we look at our own scholarship, customs, and traditions as a foundation upon which to construct an indigenous framework from which to conduct moral reasoning. We begin by...

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4. WHERE WE ARE GOING

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pp. 89-123

During the late 1950s on the streets of Chicago, in a Puerto Rican barrio called Lincoln Park, a street gang was formed, calling itself the Young Lords. Originally it was a turf gang that protected Hispanics (primarily Puerto Ricans) from other ethnic gangs. But the Division Street Riots of June 1966, a response to...

NOTES

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pp. 125-139

WORKS CITED

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pp. 141-147

INDEX

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pp. 149-157


E-ISBN-13: 9781602584846
E-ISBN-10: 1602584842
Print-ISBN-13: 9781602582941
Print-ISBN-10: 1602582947

Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2010

Edition: 1
Series Title: New Perspectives on Latina/o Religion
Series Editor Byline: Miguel A. De La Torre