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Richard L. Wood

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In rediscovering the interpenetration of popular culture and politics in Latin America, and thus the ways these realms mutually constitute one another, scholars have also witnessed the analytic irruption of one particular cultural fi eld: religion. Close attention to grassroots political culture allows us to probe how peoples spiritual subjectivity and political subjectivity overlap and cross-fertilize one another. In the process, religion shapes political outcomes in ways often unintended. Two further analytic insights are discussed: First, analysis of lived religion must partially decenter religious institutions from the focus of analysis but also pay attention to how institutions shape spiritual and political subjectivities. Second, our theoretical frameworks—while rightly rejecting dominant Western forms of anti-body dualism—must preserve analytic place for a realm of human experience termed here 'embodied dualism' or 'experiential dualism.''


Latin American Research Review

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religion, Latin America, lived religion, dualism, zones of crisis


Theoretical framing for understanding the importance of contributions to Lived Religion and Lived Citizenship in Latin Americas Zones of Crisis, special issue of Latin American Research Review edited by David Smilde Jeffrey W. Rubin, Benjamin Junge, 185-93, 2014.'