Politics of Spirit: The Political Implications of Pentecostalized Religion in Costa Rica and Guatemala

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Lexington Books, May 1, 2002 - Political Science - 201 pages
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The Politics of the Spirit is a masterful study of the political effects of evangelical Protestantism in Central America. Timothy Steigenga's thoughtfully crafted work questions whether the spread of Protestantism in Latin America has reinforced authoritarian elements in political culture or deepened nascent democracy. Steigenga provides a thorough review of the literature on religion and politics in Latin America, putting many of the hypotheses generated in this literature to the test through an analysis of comparative survey data and qualitative interviews. Steigenga investigates the impact religious affiliation has on political activity and belief, and the influence of cross-denominational religious beliefs and practices on Latin American life. His comparative work explores how different political systems the established democracy of Costa Rica and the transitional system of Guatemala impact the politics of religion. This enlightening interdisciplinary book will appeal to scholars seeking to understand the relationships between religious and political change in Latin America."
  

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Contents

Invasion of the Sects or Heralds of the New Reformation? Protestants and Politics in Latin America
1
Catholics and Protestants in Central America Understanding Context and Explaining Evangelical Growth
19
Conversion Prosperity and the Pentecostalization of Religion in Central America
37
The Politics of Religious Affiliation Testing a Model
51
Guatemala From Missionaries to Presidents in Central Americas Most Protestant Nation1
63
Costa Rica Religion and Politics in a Context of Democratic Reform
103
The Religious Politics of Gender Orthodoxy Patriarchy and Machismo
129
The Politics of the Spirit The Political Implications of Pentecostalized Religion
139
Appendix 1
159
Appendix 2
165
Appendix 3
171
Selected Bibliography
177
Index
195
About the Author
202
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Timothy J. Steigenga is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University.

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