The Church and Politics in the Chilean Countryside

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Westview Press, 1992 - Chile - 200 pages
"Most observers of the Catholic church in Latin America point to the early emergence of a progressive hierarchy in Chile. As early as the 1930s, for example, church leaders in urban areas championed workers' organizations and pioneered many of the ideas that become precursors of liberation theology. Yet, in the countryside, where the pattern of land distribution was one of the most regressive in Latin America, the church was clearly allied with the interests of the landowning elite. It wasn't until the 1960s that the church began to channel resources in agrarian reform efforts and peasant mobilization." "In this book, Dr. Stewart-Gambino examines the shifting alliances of the church, arguing that the ability of the church to formulate its own rural policy was constrained by the highly competitive political structure that necessitated reliance on first the conservative and then the Christian Democratic parties. The author offers intriguing new insights into the church's role in the preservation of the Conservative party's electoral strength as well as in the rapid rise of the Christian Democratic party in the 1960s. Her analysis of the church's competitive relations with political parties in the countryside provides a deeper understanding of the importance of rural issues to Chilean political development."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Contents

The Church and the Origins of
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The Breakdown of the Oligarchic Regime
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Identity Crisis Within the Church 19251952
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Copyright

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Edward L. Cleary is professor of Latin American studies at Providence College. Hannah W. Stewart-Gambino is associate professor of government at Lehigh University. Edward L. Cleary is professor of Latin American studies at Providence College. Hannah W. Stewart-Gambino is associate professor of government at Lehigh University.

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