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Church, Cosmovision and the Environment
Religion and Social Conflict in Contemporary Latin America

ISBN 9781138400467
Published June 26, 2018 by Routledge
266 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Though currently only partially understood, evolving interactions among Latin American communities of faith, governments, and civil societies are a key feature of the popular mobilizations and policy debates about environmental issues in the region. This edited collection describes and analyses multiple types of religious engagement with environmental concerns and conflicts seen in modern Latin American democracies.

This volume contributes to scholarship on the intersections of religion with environmental conflict in a number of ways. Firstly, it provides comparative analysis of the manner in which diverse religious actors are currently participating in transnational, national, and local advocacy in places such as, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico. It also considers the diversity of an often plural religious engagement with advocacy, including Catholic, Evangelical and Pentecostal perspectives alongside the effects of indigenous cosmological ideas. Finally, this book explores the specific religious sources of seemingly unlikely new alliances and novel articulations of rights, social justice, and ethics for the environmental concerns of Latin America.

The relationship between religion and environmental issues is an increasingly important topic in the conversations around ecology and climate change. This book is, therefore, a pertinent and topical work for any academic working in Religious Studies, Environmental Studies, and Latin American Studies.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Religion and Environmental Conflict in Latin America  Part 1: Ecclesial Articulations of Environmental Rights and Justice  2 Church Advocacy in Latin America: Integrating Environment in the Struggle for Justice and Human Rights  3 Transnational Religious Advocacy Networks in Latin America and Beyond  4 The Lausanne Movement, Holistic Mission and the Introduction of Creation Care in Latin America and Argentina  5 Marina Silva: A Brazilian Case Study in Religion, Politics and Human Rights  Part 2: Cosmovision and Indigenous Expressions of Environmental Rights and Justice  6 Bolivia’s Indigenous Foreign Policy: Buen Vivir and Global Climate Change Ethics  7 Relatives of the Living Forest: The Social Relation to Nature Underlying Ecological Action in Amazonian Kichwa Communities  8 Trickster Ecology: Climate Change and Conservation Pluralism in Guatemala’s Maya Lowlands  9 The Winds of Oaxaca: Renewable Energy, Climate Change Mitigation, and the Ethics of Transition  10 Articulating Indigenous Ecologies: The Indigenous Pastoral in the Huasteca, Mexico  11 Religion and Cosmovisions within Environmental Conflicts and the Challenge of Ontological Openings

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Evan Berry is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at American University. He received his PhD in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His book, Devoted to Nature: The Religious Roots of American Environmentalism (2015), explores the religious underpinnings of the American environmental movement.

Robert Albro is Research Associate Professor at American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies. He received his PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and has conducted ethnographic research and published widely on popular and indigenous politics along Bolivia’s urban periphery. Much of this work is summarized in his book, Roosters at Midnight: Indigenous Signs and Stigma in Local Bolivian Politics (2010).