The Catholic Social Imagination: Activism and the Just Society in Mexico and the United States

Paperback | June 15, 2007

byJoseph M. Palacios

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The reach of the Catholic Church is arguably greater than that of any other religion, extending across diverse political, ethnic, class, and cultural boundaries. But what is it about Catholicism that resonates so profoundly with followers who live under disparate conditions? What is it, for instance, that binds parishioners in America with those in Mexico? For Joseph M. Palacios, what unites Catholics is a sense of being Catholic—a social imagination that motivates them to promote justice and build a better world.

In The Catholic Social Imagination, Palacios gives readers a feeling for what it means to be Catholic and put one’s faith into action. Tracing the practices of a group of parishioners in Oakland, California, and another in Guadalajara, Mexico, Palacios reveals parallels—and contrasts—in the ways these ordinary Catholics receive and act on a church doctrine that emphasizes social justice. Whether they are building a supermarket for the low-income elderly or waging protests to promote school reform, these parishioners provide important insights into the construction of the Catholic social imagination. Throughout, Palacios also offers important new cultural and sociological interpretations of Catholic doctrine on issues such as poverty, civil and human rights, political participation, and the natural law.

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The reach of the Catholic Church is arguably greater than that of any other religion, extending across diverse political, ethnic, class, and cultural boundaries. But what is it about Catholicism that resonates so profoundly with followers who live under disparate conditions? What is it, for instance, that binds parishioners in America ...

Joseph M. Palacios is assistant professor of sociology and Latin American studies at Georgetown University. 
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:June 15, 2007Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226645010

ISBN - 13:9780226645018

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
 
Part 1: The Catholic Church Takes on Social Justice as Doctrine
Chapter 1: The Mission and Struggle of Roman Catholics to Create a Just Society
Chapter 2: Political and Cultural Construction of the Catholic Social Doctrine
 
Part 2: One Church, One Border, Two Justices
Chapter 3: The U.S. Case: Pragmatic andPractice Oriented
Chapter 4: The Mexican Case: Doctrinally Oriented
 
Part 3: A Faith That Does Justice?
Chapter 5: The Catholic Social Imagination as Doctrine and Practice

Appendix A:Principles of Catholic Social Justice Doctrine
Appendix B:Research Sites and Instruments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"This book is recommended to students of Catholic social teaching at every level. It is a provocative text that encourages serious reflection on how to actualize the Church's social teaching within diverse contexts. The models provided here will also help people involved in social reform efforts to better understand one another. . . . The book will be particularly apt in graduate level study of Catholic social teaching and its real-life application."