Commentary on Latin America. Mostly about Mexico - but not always. Designed to encourage readers to learn about the apparently "secret history" of 500 million people spread across two continents - but not always. You can always count on a little snark.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Resources on Luz Del Mundo
For those interested in the controversial and growing church out of Mexico known as Luz del Mundo, I'm including a short selection of works to help people learn more about the group.
The most refined foundational works on LDM com from anthropologists Reneé de la Torre and Patricia Fortuny Loret de Mola. See: - Los hijos de la luz: Discurso, identidad y poder en La Luz del Mundo (Guadalajara: CIESAS, 2000). - “Religión y Política el los barrios populares de Guadalajara,” Estudios Sociologicos, (VII:24, 1990) with Guillermo de la Peña. - “La construción de una identidad nacional el La Luz del Mundo,” Cristianismo y Sociedad. XXIX/3/ No. 109 (1991). - “Origins, Development and Perspectives of the Luz del Mundo Church,” Religion, No. 25 (1995). Also Creyentes and creencias en Guadalajara, CIESAS, Guadalajara, Mexico, 1999. - “Mujer, participación, representación, simbólica y vida cotidiana en la Luz del Mundo. Estudio de Caso en la Hermosa Provincia,” Estudios sobre las culturas contemporáneas. Vol. IV, No. 12. (1991).
A secondary study by Rodolfo Morán Quiroz relies heavily on the studies of de la Torre and Fortuny. See Alternativa Religiosa en Guadalajara. (Guadalajara: Universidad de Guadalajara Press, 1990).
Several key masters’ theses exist on the study. De la Torre and Fortuny Loret de Mola both cite as foundational the 1972 Universidad de Guadalajara masters thesis by Araceli Ibarra Bellon and Alisa Lanczyner Reisel, “La Hermosa Provincia: nacimiento y vida de una secta cristiana en Guadalajara.” Responses to the work of de la Torre, Fortuny Loret de Mola, Morán, Ibarra, and Lanczyner include the well-balanced 2001 University of Guadalajara maestria thesis on state/church relations by Sara S. Pozos Bravo, a member of LLDM and former Assistant Director of International Affairs.
These selections do not include the wide variety of actively "pro" and "anti" LLDM material written by members of LLDM or Mexican scholars.
Jason Dormady is currently an associate professor of history at Central Washington University where he teaches courses on Mexico, general Latin American topics, world history, and religion in Latin America. He is also a member of the CWU Latin@ and Latin American Studies program faculty. You can read about my research interests at Academia.
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