Guadalupe in New York

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  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe's feast day. They kiss images of the Virgin, wait for a bishop's blessingand they also carry signs asking for immigration reform, much like political protestors. It is this juxtaposition of religion and politics that Alyshia Galvez investigates in Guadalupe 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.

Author Biography

Alyshia Glvez, a cultural anthropologist, is Assistant Professor of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies at Legman College, City University of New York. She is editor of Performing Religion in the Americas and Traveling Virgins/Virgenes Viajeras, an issue of the journal e-misfrica.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
On Citizenship, Membership, and the Right to Have Rightsp. 16
Los Comités Guadalupanos and Asociación Tepeyac: Their Formation and Contextp. 31
Our Lady of Guadalupe: The Image and Its Circulationp. 72
EI Viacrucis del Inmigrante and Other Public Processionsp. 107
La Antorcha Guadalupana/The Guadalupan Torch Run: Messengers for a People Divided by the Borderp. 140
Conclusion: Citizenship for Immigrantsp. 167
Appendix: A Note on Methodology and the Use of Pseudonymsp. 193
Notesp. 197
Referencesp. 211
Indexp. 227
About the Authorp. 237
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