In rich ethnographic detail, Robin Nagle chronicles the life of a poor Brazilian community in its relationship to the Catholic church and to the larger politics of Brazil. Centered in Recife, on the northeast coast, Nagle's work investigates how liberation theology attracted followers, and demonstrates why the movement never took hold as predicted.

chapter 2|28 pages

Portrait of the Northeast

chapter 3|40 pages

The Politics of Theology

chapter 4|26 pages

The Danger of Stories

chapter 5|20 pages

Ritualizing Dissension

chapter 6|26 pages

What it Becomes