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The Reformation of Machismo: Evangelical Conversion and Gender in Colombia Hardcover – April 1, 1995


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  • Hardcover: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr; 1st edition (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292708203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292708204
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,297,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is nuanced in many ways. For example, all Latin American countries share a history of Roman Catholic domination and ties between the Church and government; many have experienced civil war or other forms of violence, and most have also undergone a significant rural-urban shift. Brusco describes in detail how these historic commonalities play out uniquely in Colombia. The section on persecution of Protestants during La violencia is particularly poignant. " - Pneuma --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Boyd on December 1, 2002
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This book provides a treasure of insights for anyone wanting to understand the evangelical movement in Colombia. Writing from a feminist perspective, Brusco must admit that evangelicalism radically changes the dynamics of family life for the better...I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to understand the religious climate in Colombia, especially in Bogotá. I found the book easy to read, except for a few pages dealing with sociological studies on machismo. The case studies and personal comments from the author greatly enhance the pleasure of reading this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bert Ruiz on September 18, 2003
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"The Reformation of Machismo: Evangelical Conversion and Gender in Colombia," by Elizabeth E. Brusco is an eye-opening text with outstanding fieldwork and formidable conclusions. In a nutshell, it details the tremendous success of Colombian Pentacostalism and explains why people convert.
Evangelical influence in Colombia dates back to a visit by James Thomson of the British and Foreign Bible Society in 1824. However, the first evangelical missionaries to Colombia were H.B. Pratt and his wife, Presbyterians who arrived in Bogota on June 20, 1856. Unfortunately, the powerful Catholic clergy in Colombia was clearly disturbed by the presence of the missionaries and shortly thereafter the first small congreation in Colombia was subjected to stonings.
Evangelical lore has it that the archbishop of Bogota published a tract condemning the Protestans as "heretics and Masons," according to the author. Moreover, the Catholic Church resented the widespread distribution of Bibles and the archbishop decided to hold a public burning of Protestant Bibles in the Plaza de Bolivar. However, that was not able to stop the subsequent arrival of the Evangelical Missionary Union in 1908, the Evangelical Alliance in 1918, the Christian and Missionary Alliance in 1923 and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1925.
Brusco explains how the pace of foreign missionary activity accelerated between 1930 and 1946 but that the growth was brought to a halt by the civil war called "La Violencia" that lasted from 1946-1966. The author also carefully explains the meaning of "evangelical" in Colombia and the underlying factors as to why the people reject Catholicism.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By covingtn1@aol.com on August 23, 1998
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Elizabeth Brusco brings to life the real lives of Columbians and how they deal with religion. She specifically uses examples of how protestantism is groing in Columbia and how it "reforms" the blatant stereotype of South American men as being macho, ergo the word "Machismo". I had the chance of asking her some questions about the book and viewing some pictures taken while she resided in a small village in Columbia, through my Anthropology class taught at Pacific Lutheran University by Dr. Laura Klien. This gave me an even better understanding of what is really going on in columbia, but the book still gives an abundance of information on evangelicalism in Columbia. Read this book, you won't regret it.
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