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by R. Andrew Chesnut

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019516184X
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978-0195161847
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R. Andrew Chesnut
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Oxford University Press; Revised ed. edition (August 7, 2003)
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Home Browse Books Book details, Competitive Spirits: Latin America's New. For over four centuries the Catholic Church enjoyed a religious monopoly in Latin America in which potential rivals were repressed or outlawed

Home Browse Books Book details, Competitive Spirits: Latin America's New. Competitive Spirits: Latin America's New Religious Economy. By R. Andrew Chesnut. For over four centuries the Catholic Church enjoyed a religious monopoly in Latin America in which potential rivals were repressed or outlawed. Latin Americans were born Catholic and the only real choice they had was whether to actively practice the faith. Taking advantage of the legal disestablishment of the Catholic Church between the late 1800s and the early 1900s, Pentecostals almost single-handedly built a new pluralist religious economy.

Andrew Chesnut has written the must-read book on Latin American religion. The theoretical insights and empirical depth of this work are simply astounding. While specifically concerned with Brazil, Mexico and Guatemala, Chesnut's conclusions about the dynamism of charismatic religious movements extend well beyond these geographical confines. Indeed, anyone interested in contemporary religious movements will find this book indispensable. -Anthony Gill, author of Rendering Unto Caesar: The Catholic Church and the State in Latin America.

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Andrew Ches nut, Compe titive Spirits: Latin America's New Religious. Latin America ? In a new book that is comm en da bly ambitious, short. and sacrilegious, Chesnut argu es that the religious landsca pe is best. underst ood in terms of religiou s econo my. He mea ns this literally, not. just as a loose met aph or. Now that Protes tan tism has ende d the. Catholic mono poly, Chesnut declare s, there is a new, unre gulat ed.

In his introduction, R. Andrew Chesnut nails his theses to the church door. He will deploy Rodney Stark’s model of religious economy, in which rational consumers choose products from competing firms in a religious marketplace, to explain the dramatic rise of religions of the Spirit in Latin America over the last half century. And, to analysts of religion in Latin America, he will demonstrate the utility of applying microeconomic theory to religious behavior. In his view, they have mostly ignored that project or considered it and found it wanting.

Competitive Spirits: Latin America's New Religious Economy For over four centuries the Catholic Church enjoyed a religious monopoly in Latin America in which potential rivals were repressed or outlawed. Oxford University Press, USA. Book Format.

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Latin America's New Religious Economy. R. Andrew Chestnut shows how the development of religious pluralism over the past half-century has radically transformedthe 'spiritual economy'. Latin America's New Religious Economy.

For over four centuries the Catholic Church enjoyed a religious monopoly in Latin America in which potential rivals were repressed or outlawed. Latin Americans were born Catholic and the only real choice they had was whether to actively practice the faith. Taking advantage of the legal disestablishment of the Catholic Church between the late 1800s and the early 1900s, Pentecostals almost single-handedly built a new pluralist religious economy. By the 1950s, many Latin Americans were free to choose from among the hundreds of available religious "products," a dizzying array of religious options that range from the African-Brazilian religion of Umbanda to the New Age group known as the Vegetable Union.R. Andrew Chesnut shows how the development of religious pluralism over the past half-century has radically transformed the "spiritual economy" of Latin America. In order to thrive in this new religious economy, says Chesnut, Latin American spiritual "firms" must develop an attractive product and know how to market it to popular consumers. Three religious groups, he demonstrates, have proven to be the most skilled competitors in the new unregulated religious economy. Protestant Pentecostalism, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and African diaspora religions such as Brazilian Candomble and Haitian Vodou have emerged as the most profitable religious producers. Chesnut explores the general effects of a free market, such as introduction of consumer taste and product specialization, and shows how they have played out in the Latin American context. He notes, for example, that women make up the majority of the religious consumer market, and explores how the three groups have developed to satisfy women's tastes and preferences. Moving beyond the Pentecostal boom and the rise and fall of liberation theology, Chesnut provides a fascinating portrait of the Latin American religious landscape.