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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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Citizenship for Immigrants

(p.167) 7 Conclusion
Guadalupe in New York

Alyshia Gálvez

NYU Press

This concluding chapter analyzes the three practices detailed in the previous chapters, and the ways that they assert a platform for community formation based on Guadalupan devotion, Mexican national identity, and being undocumented. Participation in los comités guadalupanos and in the activities of Asociación Tepeyac enables the articulation of a new spiritual identity in which guadalupanismo takes on new valences in the context of the experience of migration and adaptation to life in the United States. The recognition of commonality premised on guadalupanismo, Mexican national identity, and undocumented immigration status enables the articulation of arguments for rights. In these shared experiences of organizing, worshipping, and recruiting new members, participants have come to imagine themselves belonging to the same community and set to work to promote the rights of their members, asserting a shared humanity and worthiness vouchsafed by Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Keywords:   Our Lady of Guadalupe, Asociación Tepeyac, los comités guadalupanos, guadalupanismo, Mexican national identity, undocumented immigration

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