Our Lady of the Exile Diasporic Religion at a Cuban Catholic Shrine in Miami

ISBN-10: 0195155939

ISBN-13: 9780195155938

Edition: 2002

Authors: Thomas A. Tweed

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Our Lady of the Exile is a study of Cuban-American popular Catholicism, focusing on the shrine of Our Lady Charity in Miami. Drawing on a wide range of sources and using both historical and ethnographic methods, the book examines the religious life of the Cuban exiles who visit the shrine. Those pilgrims are diverse, and so are the motives that bring them. At the same time, author Thomas A. Tweed argues, Cuban devotees of the national patroness share a great deal. Most cometo pray for their homeland and to recreate bonds with other Cubans, on the island and in the diaspora. The shrine is a place where they come to make sense of themselves as an exiled people. The religious symbols there link the past and present and bridge the homeland and the new land. Through rituals andartifacts at the shrine, Tweed suggests, the Cuban diaspora "imaginatively constructs its collective identity and transports itself to the Cuba of memory and desire." While the book focuses on Cuban exiles in Miami, it moves beyond case study as it explores larger issues concerning religion, identity, and place. How do migrants relate to heir homeland? How do they understand themselves after they have been displaced? What role does religion play among these diasporic groups? Building on this study of one exiled group, Tweed proposes a theory of diasporic religion that promises to illuminate the experiences of other groups that have been displaced from theirnative land. As the first book-length analysis of Cuban-American Catholicism, Tweed's book will be an invaluable resource to scholars and students of not only Religious Studies, American Studies, and Ethnic Studies, but also those who study cultural anthropology, human geography, and Latin American history.
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/10/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Devotion to Our Lady of Charity
The Virgin's Exile the Cuban Patroness and the Diaspora in Miami
Contested Meanings at the Shrine
Santer�a, Catholicism, and Evangelization
Diverse Devotees, Plural Practices, and Multiple Meanings
Shared Meanings at the Shrine
Nationalism, Religion, and Diasporic Identity an Interpretive Framework
Religious Artifacts and Diasporic Identity
Religious Rituals and Diasporic Identity
Chronology
English-Language Version of the Structured Interview Questions
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index
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