Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745335728 Published May 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $125.00 ISBN: 9780745335742 Published May 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Religion Without Redemption

Social Contradictions and Awakened Dreams in Latin America

Luis Martinez Andrade

Religion Without Redemption

Luis Martinez Andrade

Distributed for Pluto Press

192 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745335728 Published May 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $125.00 ISBN: 9780745335742 Published May 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
The world’s eyes are on Latin America as a place of radical political inspiration, offering alternatives to the neoliberal model. Religion Without Redemption examines the history of religious and political ideas in Latin America, in order to show how and why the continent’s politics and economics work as they do.
            Martínez Andrade focuses on the central role of religion in the region and how it influences people’s interaction with changes in modern economics. Capitalism in Latin America, Martínez Andrade argues, has taken on religious characteristics, with places of worship—shopping malls and department stores—as well as its own prophets. This form of cultural religion is often contradictory in surprising ways: not only does it legitimate oppression, it can also be a powerful source of rebellion, unveiling a subversive side to the status quo. Religion Without Redemption advances the ideas of liberation theory, and challenges the provincialism to which many Latin American thinkers are usually consigned.
Contents

Foreword by Michael Löwy
Prologue
Part One: Entelechies And Cathedrals
1: Civilising Paradigms And Colonial Atavisms: Power And Social Sciences
2: The Shopping Mall As The Paradigmatic Figure Of Necolonial Discourse. Racism And Power In Latin America.
Part Two: Utopia And Liberation
3: The Portentous Eclosion Of The Principle Of Hope: Ernst Bloch And Liberation
4: The Gun Powder Of The Dwarf: Unearthly Reflections On Contemporary Political Philosophy
5: Tendencies And Latencies Of Liberation Theology In The Twenty-First Century
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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