Mestizaje : (Re)Mapping Race, Culture, and Faith in Latina/o Catholicism

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  • Copyright: 9/15/2009
  • Publisher: Orbis Books

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The concept of Mestizaje--a reference to the distinctive biological and cultural intermixture that occurred in the "New World"--had becme a foundational catagory in U.S. Latina/o theology. This book traces the subversive and innovative ways in which Catholic theologians have turned this concept into a powerful framework for articulating the experiences of faith of Latina/o communities.

Author Biography

Nstor, Medina, a Guatemalan-Canadian theologian, received his doctorate from the University of Toronto. He currently teaches at Queen's Theological College, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Mestizaje as a Locus Tbeologicus: The Contributions of U.S. Latina/o Theologians to the Task of Doing Theologyp. 1
Setting the Contextp. 3
Theological Sketch: The Adoption of Mestizaje in Theologyp. 6
Mestizaje as a Theological Categoryp. 9
U.S. Latino/a Theology and the Discourse(s) of Mestizajep. 23
Mestizaje as a Locus of Theological Reflection: Virgilio Elizondop. 26
Mestizaje as the Concrete Religious Experience of the People: Roberto Goizuetap. 35
Mestizaje as Source and Foundation of Latina Feminist Theology: Maria Pilar Aquinop. 43
Mestizaje as an Ethical-Moral Choice: Ada María Isasi-Díaz and Mujerista Theologyp. 51
Mestizaje among Mexican American Chicano/a Scholarsp. 60
Setting the Context: Historical Backgroundp. 61
Messianic Synthesis: Vasconcelos's Paradigm of Mestizaje as La raza cosmicap. 63
The Chicano/a Identity Construction and Vasconcelosp. 68
Gloria Anzaldúa: La conciencia de la mestizap. 71
The Shirting Shapes of Mestizaje: Navigating the Contested Spaces of Mestizaje Discourse(s)p. 81
The Continuing Debates on Mestizaje among U.S. Latina/o Theologiansp. 83
The Myth of Mestizaje as Inclusion: Resistance from the Marginsp. 90
The Future of U.S. Latina/o Theology: Implicationsp. 106
The Ambiguous Web of Mestizaje and the Reality of Heterogeneityp. 107
Rereading Our Lady of Guadalupe: Unmasking the Violence of Mestizajep. 119
Our Lady of Guadalupe: The Mestizo Symbol of the Mexican Americans/Chicanos/asp. 120
The Diverse Ethnocultural and Religious Idenrities of the Latina/o People: Mestizaje and Intra-Latina/o Interreligious Interculmralismp. 130
Conclusion: Broadening the Horizons of U.S. Latina/o Theologyp. 135
Notesp. 145
Indexp. 195
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