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Author Calvillo, Jonathan, author
Title The saints of Santa Ana : faith and ethnicity in a Mexican majority city / Jonathan E. Calvillo
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]
book jacket
 Ethnology Library  E184.M5 C35 2020    AVAILABLE    30520020899127
 人文社會聯圖  E184.M5 C35 2020    EXHIBITION    30610020658639
Descript x, 276 pages ; 22 cm
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Note "To examine the intersection of religion and ethnicity among Mexican immigrants, this volume takes readers into the vibrant neighborhoods of central Santa Ana, California, a Mexican majority metropolis with high rates of religious participation. Ethnic Mexicans have traditionally been characterized by high rates of religious participation, and have historically been marked as ethnoracially distinct from the white majority. On the one hand, this volume investigates whether Mexican ethnicity is indeed a cohesive organizing principle that continues to mark Mexicans as distinct. On the other hand, the volume examines the mechanisms of religion that sustain or alter in-group understandings of ethnicity. To highlight the mechanisms that shape ethnic identity, the volume takes a comparative approach, juxtaposing the experiences of Catholic and Evangelical Mexican immigrants, the two largest religious groupings in the city. Through five years of participant observation within formal and informal Catholic and Evangelical spaces in Santa Ana, and based on in-depth interviews of fifty parishioners, this book argues that religious affiliations set Catholics and Evangelicals along diverging trajectories of ethnic identity construction. In particular, I argue that while Mexican Catholics ritualize a sense of their ethnic past, Mexican evangelicals posit a rupture with the past rooted in conversion. Catholics and Evangelicals' diverging understandings of ethnic community and of ethnic identity manifest as distinct practices of ethnic space"-- Provided by publisher
Revision of the author's thesis (Ph.D.)--University of California, Irvine, 2016
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-261) and index
Subject Mexican American Catholics -- California -- Santa Ana -- Ethnic identity
Mexican American Protestants -- California -- Santa Ana -- Ethnic identity
Communities -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church
Communities -- Religious aspects -- Protestant churches
Ethnicity -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church
Ethnicity -- Religious aspects -- Protestant churches
Santa Ana (Calif.) -- Religious life and customs
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