Coping with Poverty: Pentecostals and Christian Base Communities in Brazil

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Temple University Press, 1994 - Religion - 195 pages
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Only by understanding the enduring poverty of Brazil can one hope to understand the recent growth of Protestant evangelical churches there, Ceciacute;lia Loreto Mariz contends. Her study investigates how religious groups support individualism and encourage the poor to organize. Groups with shared values are then able to develop strategies to cope with poverty and, ultimately, to transform the social structure. Interviews with members and leaders of religious groups, accounts of meetings, and close readings of religious literature contribute to a realistic account of Christian base communities and Assembly of God churches, folk Catholic tradition, and Afro Brazilian Spiritism. Author note: Ceciacute;lia Loreto Mariz, a Brazilian national, teaches Sociology at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil.
 

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Contents

Religion in Brazil
11
Coping with Poverty and Religious
31
A Comparison of Religious Worldviews
61
Material Strategies for Coping with Poverty
81
Notes
163
References
175
Index
187
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Cecília Loreto Mariz, a Brazilian national, teaches Sociology at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil.

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