Activist Faith: Grassroots Women in Democratic Brazil and by Carol Ann Drogus

By Carol Ann Drogus

An intensive and robust literature on faith, society, and politics in Latin the USA lately has began with the idea that the majority of the activities that surged within the fight opposed to army rule are lifeless, that the majority 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 type of citizenship and political lifestyles was once illusory. Many have assumed that the religiously encouraged activism of that interval left little lasting influence, yet rarely a person has really checked out the activists themselves to determine what is still, how they cope in a unique, extra open atmosphere, and the way they see and act at the current and destiny. Activist religion addresses those matters with a wealth of empirical aspect from key situations and with a richly interdisciplinary argument that attracts on theorizing approximately social routine. The authors attempt to appreciate what sustains activism and routine in appreciably varied conditions from these during which they arose. Their research is enriched by means of systematic consciousness to the influence of gender and genderrelated matters on activism and activities. within the strategy, they shed a lot wanted mild at the destiny of the activists and social activities that rose to prominence all through Latin the US through the Nineteen Eighties. "This fantastically written publication is an enormous fulfillment that offers us analytical instruments for learning how hobbies and activists live to tell the tale within the doldrums and whilst a cycle of protest peaks and societies movement on."--Daniel H. Levine, collage of Michigan "Two of contemporary top professionals on faith and politics in Latin the United States have teamed as much as produce the 1st finished learn of women's grassroots spiritual hobbies because the transition to democracy in Brazil and Chile. On a theoretical point, the booklet compels us to reconsider the traditional knowledge in regards to the `death' of social routine in Latin the USA. On a extra human point, the interviews with ladies activists supply voice to `ordinary heroes' so frequently absent from the literature. The great entry Drogus and Stewart-Gambino had with those ladies provides the research a measure of intensity and perception that's not easy to match." --Philip J. Williams, college of Florida

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Moreover, none had the reach, legitimacy, or protected status that enabled the church to mobilize people from many walks of life. ” The story of the grassroots women activists in this book begins in the church, though in many cases that baptism of fire in the base communities carried them well beyond the church to a political involvement that remains vibrant today. Indeed, to understand their current activities and options for keeping activism alive, we must begin with the context of the base communities in which they first organized.

Drogus Chapter 1-2 2/18/05 11:05 AM Page 27 Understanding Invisibility 27 Studies of the “low phase” in movement cycles suggest that social movement activism can have enduring social effects even in decline. 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.

As described in the previous chapter, they have lost visibility since the 1980s, leading many observers to conclude that they were ineffective or had little enduring value. Drogus Chapter 1-2 2/18/05 11:05 AM Page 20 20 Activist Faith assumption is premature; it is a product of the paucity of research on the specific trajectories of the most activist and committed women from the base communities. Women’s and Catholic groups were particularly vital, and they were ongoing players in the process of redemocratization.

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