This nuanced book considers the role of religion and religiosity in modern Mexico, breaking new ground with an emphasis on popular religion and its relationship to politics. The contributors highlight the multifaceted role of religion, illuminating the ways that religion and religious devotion have persisted and changed since Mexican independence. Focusing on individual stories and vignettes and on local elements of religion, the contributors show that despite efforts to secularize society, religion continues to be a strong component of Mexican culture. Portraying the complexity of religiosity in Mexico in the context of an increasingly secular state, this book will be invaluable for all those interested in Latin American history and religion.
Martin Austin Nesvig is assistant professor of history at the University of Miami.
Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Miserables and Citizens: Indians, Legal Pluralism, and Religious Practice in Early Republican Mexico Chapter 3: "Para formar el corazon religioso de los jovenes": Processes of Change in Collective Religiosity in Nineteenth-Century Oaxaca Chapter 4: Mexican Laywomen Spearhead a Catholic Revival: The Ladies of Charity, 1863-1910 Chapter 5: Liberal Religion: The Schism of 1861 Chapter 6: Priests and Caudillos in the Novel of the Mexican Nation Chapter 7: "A New Political Religious Order": Church, State, and Workers in Porfirian Mexico Chapter 8: Rights, Rule, and Religion: Old Colony Mennonites and Mexico's Transition to the Free Market, 1920-2000 Chapter 9: Visions of Women: Revelation, Gender, and Catholic Resurgence Chapter 10: Juan Soldado: The Popular Canonization of a Confessed Rapist-Murderer Chapter 11: Religion and the Mexican Revolution: Toward a New Historiography