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Author Martinez Andrade, Luis, 1981-
Title Religion without redemption : social contradictions and awakened dreams in Latin America / Luis Martinez Andrade ; translated by Antonio Carmona Baez ; foreword by Michael Lowy.
Imprint London [England] : Pluto Press, 2015.
Edition First English-language edition.

Author Martinez Andrade, Luis, 1981-
Series Decolonial Studies, Postcolonial Horizons
Decolonial studies, postcolonial horizons.
Subject Bloch, Ernst, 1885-1977. Prinzip Hoffnung.
Boff, Leonardo.
Religion and sociology -- Latin America.
Liberation theology -- Latin America.
Latin America -- Social conditions.
Latin America -- Civilization -- Philosophy.
Latin America -- Dependency on foreign countries.
Religion -- History.
Latin America -- History.
Alt Name Baez, Antonio Carmona,
Lowy, Michael, 1938-
Description 1 online resource (177 pages)
Edition First English-language edition.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part 1. Entelechies and cathedrals. Civilising paradigms and colonial atavisms: power and social sciences -- The shopping mall as teh paradigmatic figure of neocolonial discourse: racism and power in Latin America -- Part 2. Utopia and liberation. The portentous eclosion of the principle of hope: Ernst Bloch and liberation -- The gun powder of the dwarf: unearthly reflections on contemporary political philosophy -- Tendencies and latencies of liberation theology in the twenty-first century.
Summary The world's eyes are on Latin America as a place of radical political inspiration and as an alternative to the neoliberal model. Each country in the region deals differently in its method of government, yet there are common cultural themes that tie the continent's trajectory together. Religion without Redemption looks at the sociology of religion, political philosophy and the history of ideas of the continent, in an attempt to show how Western understanding fails to come close to a correct analysis of how and why political and economic characteristics work as they do. Luis Martinez Andrade focuses on how the centrality of religion for the people of Latin America has influenced how they interact with the changes in the modern economic system. Capitalism, for example, has taken on religious characteristics: it has sacred places of worship (the shopping mall) as well as its own prophets. Martinez Andrade discusses how this form of 'cultural religion' accompanies many aspects of life in a contradictory manner: not only does it fulfil the role of legitimating oppression, it also can be a powerful source of rebellion, unveiling thus a subversive side to the status quo. Religion Without Redemption advances the ideas of liberation theory into the 21st century, and challenges the provincialism to which many Latin American thinkers are usually consigned. --Provided by publisher.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed March 20, 2015).
ISBN 9781783712939 (electronic bk.)
1783712937 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 905921701
Additional Format Print version: Andrade, Luis Martinez. Religion without redemption : social contradictions and awakened dreams in Latin America. London, [England] : Pluto Press, 2015. First English-language edition. x, 159 pages Decolonial studies, postcolonial horizons. 9780745335742

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