Peasants and Religion: A Socioeconomic Study of Dios Olivorio and the Palma Sola Movement in the Dominican Republic

Peasants and Religion: A Socioeconomic Study of Dios Olivorio and the Palma Sola Movement in the Dominican Republic

Peasants and Religion: A Socioeconomic Study of Dios Olivorio and the Palma Sola Movement in the Dominican Republic

Peasants and Religion: A Socioeconomic Study of Dios Olivorio and the Palma Sola Movement in the Dominican Republic

Synopsis

This book analyzes the success and violent repression of a millennarian religious peasant movement in the Dominican Republic. It considers the role of changes in the international economic system and the arrival of capitalism in the area.

Excerpt

Peasants and Religion examines the relationship between economics, politics and religion through the case of Olivorio Mateo and the religious movement he inspired from 1908 in the Dominican Republic. the authors explore how and why the new religion was formed, why it was so successful and why it was violently suppressed, considering such factors as the geographical and political context, changes in the international economic system and the arrival of modern capitalism in the country. Comparing this case with other peasant movements, they show ways in which folk religion serves as a response to particular problems which arise in peasant societies during times of stress.

This fascinating work will be of importance across the social sciences, offering new perspectives on the development and influence of religion and on the much-noted links between peasant rebellion and religious cults.

Jan Lundius is a research officer at the Department for Research Cooperation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SAREC/SIDA), Stockholm. He has worked as a consultant for several un agencies.

Mats Lundahl is Professor of Development Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics. His previous publications with Routledge include New Directions in Development Economics (1996), Economic Crisis in Africa (1993), Markets or Politics? Essays on Haitian Underdevelopment (1992) and Agrarian Society in History (1990).

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