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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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(p.191) Conclusion
Fire in the Canyon

Leah Sarat

NYU Press

This book concludes with a discussion of the relationship between the Caminata Nocturna and the religious beliefs of the Pentecostals in El Alberto who are striving to help make it a reality and achieve the Mexican Dream. It highlights the contradictions between Pentecostal doctrine and the vision of social change embodied in the Caminata. It considers how the very promise of individual salvation inspires some of the key architects of the Caminata to dream of a better life for the future generations. It suggests that Pentecostalism and the Mexican Dream represent two interrelated calls for action in the face of migration's many challenges. It also reflects on how the case of El Alberto can contribute to the larger literature on religion, migration, and the U.S.-Mexico border.

Keywords:   religious beliefs, Caminata Nocturna, El Alberto, Mexican Dream, social change, salvation, Pentecostalism, migration, religion, U.S.-Mexico border

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