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Guadalupe in New YorkDevotion and the Struggle for Citizenship Rights among Mexican Immigrants$
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Alyshia Galvez

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814732144

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814732144.001.0001

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Guadalupe in New York

Alyshia Gálvez

NYU Press

This introductory chapter positions the religious experiences and practices of Mexican immigrants in New York City, the site of many kinds of immigrant mobilizations over more than a century. The devotional practices centered on Our Lady of Guadalupe occur in a unique historical moment of massive and accelerated migration, militarization of the border, stagnation of immigration laws, and worldwide struggles for rights by those displaced by globalization. And it is through Guadalupan devotion that many undocumented Mexican immigrants are finding the will and vocabulary to demand rights, immigration reform, and respect. In these practices and in the places that they make Guadalupan through their activities, not only is their faith transformed into a platform for making claims to rights, but they transform themselves, becoming emboldened in their struggle to provide for their families and build their lives in the city with dignity.

Keywords:   New York City, Mexican immigrants, Our Lady of Guadalupe, globalization, immigration reform

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