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During the past half century, Latin America has evolved from a region of political instability and frequent dictatorships into one of elected governments. Although its societies and economies have undergone sweeping changes, high levels of violence have remained a persistent problem. Religious Responses to Violence: Human Rights in Latin America Past and Present offers rich resources to understand how religion has perceived and addressed different forms of violence, from the political and state violence of the 1970s and 1980s to the drug traffickers and youth gangs of today. The contributors offer many fresh insights into contemporary criminal violence and reconsider past interpretations of political violence, liberation theology, and human rights in light of new questions and evidence. In contrast to many other studies of violence, this book explores its moral dimensions—up close in lived experience—and the real consequences of human agency. Alexander Wilde provides a thoughtful substantive introduction, followed by thematic chapters on "rights," "violence," and case studies of ten countries throughout the region. The book breaks new ground examining common responses as well as differences between Catholic and Evangelical pastoral accompaniment. These new studies focus on the specifically religious character of their responses—how they relate their mission and faith to violence in different contexts—to better understand how and why they have taken action.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Series page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. Alexander Wilde
  3. pp. xv-xix
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  1. Introduction
  2. Alexander Wilde
  3. pp. 1-26
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  1. Chapter 1: The Evolution of the Theory and Practice of Rights in Latin American Catholicism
  2. Daniel H. Levine
  3. pp. 27-62
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  1. Chapter 2: Violence and Everyday Experience in Early Twenty- First-Century Latin America
  2. Robert Albro
  3. pp. 63-92
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  1. PART I: Rethinking Religious Contributions to Human Rights
  2. pp. 93-94
  1. Chapter 3: Human Rights and Christian Responsibility: Transnational Christian Activism, Human Rights, and State Violence in Brazil and Chile in the 1970s
  2. Patrick William Kelly
  3. pp. 95-122
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  1. Chapter 4: Church Responses to Political Violence in Central America: From Liberation Theology
  2. Virginia Garrard-Burnett
  3. pp. 123-158
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  1. Chapter 5: The Institutional Church and Pastoral Ministry: Unity and Conflict in the Defense of Human Rights in Chile
  2. Alexander Wilde
  3. pp. 159-190
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  1. Chapter 6: Violent Times: Catholicism and Dictatorship in Argentina in the 1970s
  2. María Soledad Catoggio
  3. pp. 191-218
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  1. Chapter 7: Transformations in Catholicism under Political Violence: Córdoba, Argentina, 1960–1980
  2. Gustavo Morello, S.J.
  3. pp. 219-242
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  1. Chapter 8: Religion Meets Legal Strategy: Catholic Clerics, Lawyers, and the Defense of Human Rights in Brazil
  2. Rafael Mafei Rabelo Queiroz
  3. pp. 243-280
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  1. PART II: Contemporary Ministries Responding to Violence
  2. pp. 281-282
  1. Chapter 9:Building Peace and Dignity: Jesuit Engagement in Colombia’s Magdalena Medio
  2. Elyssa Pachico
  3. pp. 283-310
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  1. Chapter 10: From Preaching to Listening: Extractive Industries, Communities, and the Church in Rural Peru
  2. Javier Arellano-Yanguas
  3. pp. 311-338
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  1. Chapter 11: Violence and Pastoral Care in Putumayo, Colombia
  2. Winifred Tate
  3. pp. 339-370
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  1. Chapter 12: Violence, Religion, and Institutional Legitimacy in Northern Central America
  2. Robert Brenneman
  3. pp. 371-394
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  1. Chapter 13: The Politics of Presence: Evangelical Ministry in Brazilian Prisons
  2. Andrew Johnson
  3. pp. 395-416
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  1. Chapter 14: “Fui migrante y me hospedaron”: The Catholic Church’s Responses to Violence against Central American Migrants in Mexico
  2. Amelia Frank-Vitale
  3. pp. 417-442
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  1. Chapter 15: From Guns to God: Mobilizing Evangelical Christianity in Urabá, Colombia
  2. Kimberly Theidon
  3. pp. 443-476
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  1. Afterword
  2. Alexander Wilde
  3. pp. 477-480
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 481-482
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 483-499
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268096762
Related ISBN(s)
9780268044312
MARC Record
OCLC
933537937
Pages
496
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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