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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
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 276 pages)
Contents Cover -- The Saints of Santa Ana -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Acknowledgment -- Introduction: The Spirit of the Barrio -- 1. A City of Saints -- 2. A Century of Saints -- 3. The Authentic Ethnic Self -- 4. Altar Encounters -- 5. Defining Commitments through Spiritual Dialogue -- 6. Notions of Neighborhood -- Sites Unseen -- Appendix A: Methodological Considerations -- Appendix B: Interview Schedule (English) -- Appendix C: Interview Schedule (Spanish) -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary "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
Notes Revision of the author's thesis (Ph.D.)--University of California, Irvine, 2016
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 29, 2020)
Subject Communities -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church.
Communities -- Religious aspects -- Protestant churches.
Ethnicity -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church.
Ethnicity -- Religious aspects -- Protestant churches.
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
California -- Santa Ana
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020022196
ISBN 0190097817