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Religion Without Redemption: Social Contradictions and Awakened Dreams in Latin America (Decolonial Studies, Postcolonial Horizons)

Martinez Andrade, Luis, Andrade, Luis Martinez

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ISBN 10: 0745335721 / ISBN 13: 9780745335728
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A synoptic composition of Latin American philosophy of liberation and contemporary de-colonial thinking. Series: Decolonial Studies, Postcolonial Horizons. Num Pages: 176 pages. BIC Classification: 1KL; HRA; JFCX; JPA. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 217 x 135 x 12. Weight in Grams: 218. . 2015. Tra. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780745335728

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The world?s eyes are on Latin America as a place of radical political inspiration and as an alternative to the neoliberal model. Each country in the region deals differently in its method of government, yet there are common cultural themes that tie the continent?s trajectory together. Religion without Redemption looks at the sociology of religion, political philosophy and the history of ideas of the continent, in an attempt to show how Western understanding fails to come close to a correct analysis of how and why political and economic characteristics work as they do. Luis Martínez Andrade focuses on how the centrality of religion for the people of Latin America has influenced how they interact with the changes in the modern economic system. Capitalism, for example, has taken on religious characteristics: it has sacred places of worship (the shopping mall) as well as its own prophets. Martínez Andrade discusses how this form of ?cultural religion? accompanies many aspects of life in a contradictory manner: not only does it fulfil the role of legitimating oppression, it also can be a powerful source of rebellion, unveiling thus a subversive side to the status quo. Religion Without Redemption advances the ideas of liberation theory into the 21st century, and challenges the provincialism to which many Latin American thinkers are usually consigned.

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The world?s eyes are on Latin America as a place of radical political inspiration, offering alternatives to the neoliberal model. Religion Without Redemption examines the history of religious and political ideas in Latin America, in order to show how and why the continent?s politics and economics work as they do.
            Martínez Andrade focuses on the central role of religion in the region and how it influences people?s interaction with changes in modern economics. Capitalism in Latin America, Martínez Andrade argues, has taken on religious characteristics, with places of worship—shopping malls and department stores—as well as its own prophets. This form of cultural religion is often contradictory in surprising ways: not only does it legitimate oppression, it can also be a powerful source of rebellion, unveiling a subversive side to the status quo. Religion Without Redemption advances the ideas of liberation theory, and challenges the provincialism to which many Latin American thinkers are usually consigned.

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