Latin America is undergoing a period of intense religious transformation and upheaval. This book analyzes some of the more important new discoveries about religious movements in the region. It examines important shifts such as the expansion and politicization of Protestantism, the ongoing transformation of the Catholic church, the growth of Afro-Brazilian religions, and the genuine pluralization of faith.
Christian Smith is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is author of American Evangelism: Embattled and Thriving (1998), Resisting Reagan: The U.S. Central America Peace Movement (1996), The Emergence of Liberation Theology: Radical Religion and Social Movement Theory (1991) and editor of Disruptive Religion: The Source of Faith in Social Movement Activism (Routledge, 1996). Joshua Prokopy is a graduate student in Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.