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9780814732144

Guadalupe in New York

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  • ISBN13:

    9780814732144

  • ISBN10:

    0814732143

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-12-01
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr

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Every December 12th, thousands of Mexican immigrants gather for the mass at New York City's St. Patrick's Cathedral in honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe's feast day. They kiss images of the Virgin, wait for a bishop's blessing - and they also carry signs asking for immigration reform, much like political protestors. It is this juxtaposition of religion and politics that Alyshia Galvez investigates inGuadalupe in New York. The Virgin of Guadalupe is a profound symbol for Mexican Catholics and the patron saint of their country. Her name has been invoked in war and in peace, and her image has been painted on walls, printed on T-shirts, and worshipped at countless shrines. For undocumented Mexicans in New York, Guadalupe continues to be a powerful presence as they struggle to gain citizenship in a new country. Using a series of rich in-depth interviews which illuminate Mexican American Catholicism and everyday practices in New York, Galvez shows that it is through Guadalupan devotion that many undocumented Mexican immigrants are finding the will and vocabulary to demand rights, immigration reform, and respect. She also reveals how such devotion supports and emboldens immigrants in their struggle to provide for their families and create their lives in the city with dignity.

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