Review by Choice Review
This excellent collection of 12 original articles by Latina feminist theologians provides both a helpful introduction to Latina feminist theology and ample demonstration of this field's vitality as a source of theological innovation in recent decades. Building on the prior contributions of editors Aquino (Univ. of San Diego), Machado (Texas Christian Univ.), and Rodriguez (Seattle Univ.), the collection contains original research articles based on recent dissertations and monographs on Latina spirituality and also key chapters by the editors that discuss advances and recent challenges within Latina feminist theology. The diverse sources for the theological reflection found in this collection include oral histories and field research among Latinas, biblical texts, church pronouncements, and Chicana feminist fiction and essays. Although the book's structure divides the chapters into two parts (religious practice and identity among Latinas and theological practice), most chapters stress common themes, such as the distinctive hybridity of Latina identity and religious experience, feminist reinterpretations of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and the centrality of liberative praxis to Latina feminist theology. The volume includes both Catholic and Protestant contributors, and it demonstrates their advanced level of dialogue with both Latina feminists (particularly of the Southwest) and with US and Latin American political theology. For upper-division undergraduates through professionals. E. Q. Hutchison University of New Mexico
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