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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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El Viacrucis del Inmigrante and Other Public Processions

El Viacrucis del Inmigrante and Other Public Processions

(p.107) 5 El Viacrucis del Inmigrante and Other Public Processions
Guadalupe in New York

Alyshia Gálvez

NYU Press

This chapter describes the second practice the Guadalupan devotees of New York City frequently engage in—the performance of the Stations of the Cross, or el Viacrucis, which occurs on Good Friday each year. Parish-based and citywide performances of the Stations of the Cross differ in their purposes and intent, serving both as a means in which groups negotiate their roles vis-á-vis each other and map parish bounds but also for the comités to rehearse their groupness against imagined outsiders. After all, the space carved out by the different Viacrucis processions is not, in all cases, a Mexican or immigrant space, but is very differently projected outward to passersby and other groups, as well as inward, in its work of defining an operative “we.”

Keywords:   Stations of the Cross, el Viacrucis, Good Friday, parish processions, groupness

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