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Fire in the CanyonReligion, Migration, and the Mexican Dream$
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Leah M. Sarat

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814759370

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814759370.001.0001

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Shielded by the Blood of Christ

Shielded by the Blood of Christ

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Fire in the Canyon

Leah Sarat

NYU Press

This chapter examines how Pentecostals in El Alberto respond to the challenges of the undocumented journey. In particular, it considers the ways that Pentecostals make sense of the heightened danger they face while attempting to cross an increasingly militarized U.S.-Mexico border. It describes how changes in U.S. border enforcement over the last few decades have led to an increasingly dangerous border situation that is sparking new theological reflection and even religious conversion. It shows that Pentecostals resort to prayer and worship to prepare migrants for departure and make sense of unsuccessful border crossing attempts. It also looks at Pentecostals' ad hoc theology of migration that addresses the contradictions of citizenship and exclusion in a bordered world. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the narratives and practices surrounding one man's near-death accident at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Keywords:   undocumented journey, Pentecostals, El Alberto, U.S.-Mexico border, border enforcement, citizenship, prayer, worship, border crossing, migration

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