Our Lady of Everyday Life: La Virgen de Guadalupe and the Catholic Imagination of Mexican Women in America (Hardback)
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Our Lady of Everyday Life: La Virgen de Guadalupe and the Catholic Imagination of Mexican Women in America (Hardback)

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Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 26/04/2018
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Our Lady of Everyday Life examines the lived religion, from childhood to adulthood, of three generations of Mexican-origin Catholic women. The book provides an in-depth analysis of the Catholic beliefs that the women in this study inherited from their mothers, and the ways these beliefs become the religious/cultural template from which they first learn to see themselves as people of faith. Our Lady of Everyday Life also offers a comprehensive analysis of the ways Catholic culture sets the parameters within which Mexican-origin women learn how to be good girls in a manner that reduces a girl's agency to rubble. Castaneda-Liles demonstrates how women develop a type of Mexican Catholic imagination that moves them to challenge and reject the sanctification of shame, guilt, and aguante (endurance at all cost). This imagination allows these women to transgress limiting notions of what a good Catholic woman should be while retaining the aspects of Catholicism they find life-givingwhile still identifying as Catholics. This transgression is most visible in their relationship to La Virgen de Guadalupe, which is not fixed but fluid and deeply engaged in their process of self-awareness in everyday life. Our Lady of Everyday Life applies an intersectional analysis that centers religion along with race, class, gender, and sexuality to the study of women. This ethnography provides an in-depth cross-sectional analysis of three generations of Mexican-origin women between the ages of 18 and 82 (single and in college, mothers and older women). It is a multi-method study, including structured and unstructured interviews, focus groups, photographic and video documentation, and participant observation in Mexico and the United States.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190280390
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 626 g
Dimensions: 235 x 163 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This is the single most important book ever written in the sociology of religion on Mexican American women's popular devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Theoretically and methodologically sophisticated, its rich narratives and powerful stories provide remarkable insights into the spirituality and power of Latina popular Catholicism in the lives of ordinary women on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. A must read! * Gaston Espinosa, Arthur V. Stoughton Professor of Religion, Claremont McKenna College and author of Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States *
Anyone familiar with Latinoa religions will certainly encounter the devotion of so many to La Virgen de Guadalupe. Many other works have centered on Guadalupe herself, but few have studied the devotion among real-life women, and across generations. Castaneda-Liles has authored a very important contribution to religious studies, and to theology as well. This book is thoroughly researched, well argued, clearly written. And it will demand careful study by anyone who would study the Guadalupe devotion, Latina women, and popular religion. * Orlando O. Espin, University Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Diego *
Through intimate portraits of women across three generations, Maria Del Socorro Castaneda-Liles depicts what it means to see family, community, and the sacred through a Mexican Catholic Imagination. Our Lady of Everyday Life powerfully demonstrates how religion works alongside race, class, gender, and sexuality to shape Chicana/Latina women's subjectivity. * Tricia C. Bruce, author of Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church *

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