ERIC Number: EJ837973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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Poetics, Politics, and the Life of Latino Catholics in California
Sandell, David P.
Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, v34 n1 p125-154 Spr 2009
This essay explores poetics and politics among Latino Catholics in Fresno, California, who draw on a tradition of storytelling and religious ritual to mitigate the hardships that result from their marginal social assignment. Storytelling and ritual allow them to recognize where faith and daily life intersect, exposing the tensions--including those caused by poverty, violence, and isolation--that separate one person from another. This combination of faith and poetics also allows them to cultivate the harmonies that bring people together. The essay focuses on stories told by Eva Gonzalez, who relates her family's dreams and disappointments and demonstrates the importance of her beliefs. It weaves together Chicano, religious, and performance-studies scholarship with philosophy, ethnography, and empirical research. As much spiritual as it is historical, psychological, and ethical, the essay is choreographed to produce a textual performance that introduces readers to the narrative process of making life whole.
Descriptors: Ethnography, Personal Narratives, Hispanic Americans, Poetry, Political Issues, Catholics, Story Telling, Religious Cultural Groups, Cultural Influences, Social Bias, Minority Groups, Religion, Religious Factors, Poverty, Violence, Social Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: California