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Sanne Derks

Power and Pilgrimage

Dealing with Class, Gender and Ethnic Inequality at a Bolivian Marian Shrine

Reihe: Nijmegen Studies in Development and Cultural Change (NICCOS), Band 47, 2009, broschiert, 232 Seiten

ISBN: 978-3-643-90014-2

"Power and Pilgrimage" is an in-depth anthropological study of life at a Bolivian pilgrimage site. It focuses on the experiences of pilgrims and how, in their Marian devotion, they express and learn to live with the various inequalities they experience in everyday life. Issues of poverty and class inequality lead them to approach the Virgin of Urkupiña to support them in their quest for economic betterment. Another social inequality that comes to the fore is based on gender: in particular Bolivian women seek Mary's support to deal with violence and oppression in their homes. Finally, ethnic inequalities are discussed by analysing the dance processions in honour of the Virgin, since these reflect contested ethnic identities.


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