By Carol Ann Drogus
An intensive and robust literature on faith, society, and politics in Latin the USA in recent times has all started with the belief that the majority of the activities that surged within the fight opposed to army rule are lifeless, that almost all of the activists are scattered and burned out, and that the promise of civil society as a resource of latest values and a brand new style of citizenship and political lifestyles used to be illusory. Many have assumed that the religiously encouraged activism of that interval left little lasting effect, yet rarely somebody has really checked out the activists themselves to determine what is still, how they cope in a unique, extra open setting, and the way they see and act at the current and destiny. Activist religion addresses those matters with a wealth of empirical element from key circumstances and with a richly interdisciplinary argument that attracts on theorizing approximately social events. The authors try to appreciate what sustains activism and events in notably diverse situations from these during which they arose. Their research is enriched via systematic realization to the influence of gender and genderrelated matters on activism and routine. within the method, they shed a lot wanted gentle at the destiny of the activists and social hobbies that rose to prominence all through Latin the United States in the course of the Eighties. "This superbly written ebook is an incredible success that provides us analytical instruments for learning how activities and activists live to tell the tale within the doldrums and while a cycle of protest peaks and societies circulate on."--Daniel H. Levine, college of Michigan "Two of modern top professionals on faith and politics in Latin the United States have teamed as much as produce the 1st accomplished learn of women's grassroots non secular hobbies because the transition to democracy in Brazil and Chile. On a theoretical point, the e-book compels us to reconsider the traditional knowledge concerning the `death' of social pursuits in Latin the United States. On a extra human point, the interviews with ladies activists supply voice to `ordinary heroes' so usually absent from the literature. The super entry Drogus and Stewart-Gambino had with those girls offers the research a measure of intensity and perception that's demanding to match." --Philip J. Williams, college of Florida
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Most studies of movement maintenance have focused on the United States, but they can provide some clues on where to look to discover if and how base communities and activists are adapting to movement decline. First, we can, as Christian Smith (1996a) suggests, look at the institutional church itself. Suzanne Staggenborg (1998) argues that movements must be rooted in an institution to survive a movement cycle (187). In Chapters 3 and 4, we look at the history of the church in Chile and Brazil, and its relationship with the base communities from the activists’ perspective.
Indeed, it is in the down phase that much of the hard work of building and maintaining civil society occurs, as activists reassess their goals and strategies and—if they are successful—perhaps find new ways to maintain networks and solidarity. 5 That is why we argue that looking at the activists and their current practices—whether and how they are performing this work of maintenance— is the key to evaluating the success or failure of their earlier wave of activism. To elucidate this argument, we first must suggest briefly that the activism accompanying redemocratization in both countries was part of a protest cycle.
Our understanding of the complex and unusual nature of base communities as social movements, however, also leads us to argue that we must look at them in a particular way. We could, as Christian Smith (1991) suggests, look only at maintenance within the institution of the church—the work of church elites. The base communities were fundamentally sites that mobilized poor laywomen, however. Thus, we must know what these activists are doing to maintain the movements’ bases, as well as what changes have occurred within the Brazilian and Chilean churches, to assess the long-term consequences of mobilization for civil society.
Activist Faith: Grassroots Women in Democratic Brazil and Chile by Carol Ann Drogus