Activist Faith: Grassroots Women in Democratic Brazil and Chile
Penn State University Press
By Carol Drogus
June 1, 2005
“Activist Faith addresses these issues with a wealth of empirical detail from two key cases and with a richly interdisciplinary argument that draws on theorizing about social movements. The authors strive to understand what sustains activism and movements in radically different circumstances from those in which they arose. Their analysis is enriched by systematic attention to the impact of gender and genderrelated issues on activism and movements. In the process, they shed much needed light on the fate of the activists and social movements that rose to prominence throughout Latin America during the 1980s.
Reviews“This beautifully written book is a major achievement that gives us analytical tools for studying how movements and activists survive in the doldrums and when a cycle of protest peaks and societies move on.”—Daniel H. Levine, University of Michigan
“Two of today’s leading authorities on religion and politics in Latin America have teamed up to produce the first comprehensive study of women’s grassroots religious movements since the transition to democracy in Brazil and Chile. On a theoretical level, the book compels us to rethink the conventional wisdom about the ‘death’ of social movements in Latin America. On a more human level, the interviews with women activists give voice to ‘ordinary heroes’ so often absent from the literature. The tremendous access Drogus and Stewart-Gambino had with these women gives the analysis a degree of depth and insight that is hard to match.” —Philip J. Williams, University of Florida