BOOK: Catholicism and the Making of Politics in Central Mozambique, 1940-1986

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This book is concerned with the internal diversity and complexity of the Roman Catholic Church. It aims at exploring, unpacking, and explaining how the Roman Catholic institution works, how its politics are made, and how the latter impact its environment. Using the diocese of Beira in central Mozambique as a case study, and following insights by Max Weber, author Eric Morier-Genoud takes the novel "horizontal" approach of looking at congregations within the Church as a series of autonomous entities, rather than focusing on the hierarchical structure of the institution.

Between 1940 and 1980, the diocese of Beira was home to some fifteen different congregations ranging from Jesuits to Franciscans, from Burgos to Picpus fathers. As in many areas of the world, the 1960s brought conflict to Catholic congregations in central Mozambique, with African nationalism and the reforms of Vatican II playing a part. The conflict manifested in many ways: a bishop's flight from his diocese, a congregation abandoning the territory in protest against the collusion between church and state, and a declaration of class struggle in the church. All of these events, occurring against the backdrop of the war for Mozambican independence, make the region an especially fruitful location for the pioneering analysis proffered in this important study.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationRochester, USA
PublisherRochester University Press
Number of pages264
ISBN (Print)9781580469418
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2019

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NameRochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora

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Catholicism
Mozambique
Congregations
Diocese
Africa
1960s
Roman Catholic Church
Hierarchical Structure
Protest
Max Weber
Class Struggle
Entity
Jesuits
Vatican II
Flight
Declaration
Nationalism
Franciscans

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Morier-Genoud, E. (2019). BOOK: Catholicism and the Making of Politics in Central Mozambique, 1940-1986. (Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora). Rochester, USA: Rochester University Press.
Morier-Genoud, Eric. / BOOK: Catholicism and the Making of Politics in Central Mozambique, 1940-1986. Rochester, USA : Rochester University Press, 2019. 264 p. (Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora).
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Morier-Genoud, E 2019, BOOK: Catholicism and the Making of Politics in Central Mozambique, 1940-1986. Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora, Rochester University Press, Rochester, USA.

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Rochester, USA : Rochester University Press, 2019. 264 p. (Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora).

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