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Mallimaci, Fortunato (2009). "Catholic Ethics and Empowerment in the Popular Sectors: A View from Argentina" Paper presented at the 6th annual conference of the HDCA, 10-12 September 2009, Lima, Peru.
The paper looks at the diverse roles and presence that Catholic and Evangelical groups have in popular sectors and in empowering them. It examines the ways in which these faiths impinge in popular groups’ conception of culture, of conflicts, and their relations to the state; a state that either ‘privatizes’ or ‘permits’ public space for these groups and their faiths. The paper aims to show religious plurality and the role of faiths in people’s refusal to participate in what is a common tendency to ‘individualize, ’ and disembody people from institutions. The paper further examines what type of ethics flows from various religious movements and its relationship to empowerment. This is of particular important at a time of disenchantment and loss of credibility of in educational, political and union institutions.