Women, Religion, and Social Change in Brazil's Popular Church
University of Notre Dame Press
By Carol Drogus
January 1, 1997
Utilizing in-depth interviews and participant-observation plus theoretical insights from feminist scholarship and the sociology of religion, Drogus explains how poor lay women are indeed motivated to create strong social movements especially as they concern the well-being of children. However, the advent of liberation theology did not generate the overall, enduring radical political action or commitment which had been expected within the Popular Church.
All who are interested in Latin American studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, religion, and women's studies will gain much from Drogus's first-hand reports and careful analysis of the role of women, who are the majority participants in the Popular Church.