Fleshing the Spirit by Elisa Facio
Spirituality and Activism in Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous Women’s Lives

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Academics Facio and Lara bring together 19 prose and poetry pieces, all reflecting on the spirituality of Chicana, Latina, and indigenous women...A comprehensive collection of feminist spirituality will be incomplete without this volume.
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Fleshing the Spirit brings together established and new writers exploring the relationships between the physical body, the spirit and spirituality, and social justice activism. Examining the complex and dynamic connections among these concepts, the writers emphasize the value of “flesh and blood experience” as a site of knowledge. They argue that spirituality—something quite different from institutional religious practice—can heal the mind/body split and set the stage for social change. Spirituality, they argue, is a necessary component of an alternative political agenda focused on equitable social and ecological change.

The anthology incorporates different genres of writing—such as poetry, testimonials, critical essays, and historical analysis—and stimulates the reader to engage spirituality in a critical, personal, and creative way. This interdisciplinary work is the first that attempts to theorize the radical interconnection between women of color, spirituality, and social activism. Before transformative political work can be done, the authors say in multiple ways, we must recognize that our spiritual need is a desire to more fully understand our relations with others. Conflict experienced on many levels sometimes severs those relations, separating us from others along racial, class, gender, sexual, national, or other socially constructed lines.

Fleshing the Spirit offers a spiritual journey of healing, health, and human revolution. The book’s open invitation to engage in critical dialogue and social activism—with the spirit and spirituality at the forefront—illuminates the way to social change and the ability to live in harmony with life’s universal energies.

Contributors

Volume Editors
Elisa Facio
Irene Lara
 
Chapter Authors
Angelita Borbón
Norma E. Cantú
Berenice Dimas
C. Alejandra Elenes
Alicia Enciso Litschi
Oliva M. Espín
Maria Figueroa
Patrisia Gonzales
Inés Hernández- Avila
Rosa María Hernández Juárez
Cinthya Martinez
Lara Medina
Felicia Montes
Sarahi Nuñez- Mejia
Laura E. Pérez
Brenda Sendejo
Inés Talamantez
Michelle Téllez
Beatriz Villegas

 

 

About Elisa Facio

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Elisa Facio is an associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado–Boulder. She is the author of Understanding Older Chicanas: Sociological and Policy Perspectives and co-editor of Enduring Legacies: Ethnic Histories and Cultures of Colorado. Irene Lara is an associate professor in the Department of Women's Studies at San Diego State University. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals, and she is the author of several book chapters, including “Healing Sueños for Academia” in This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation.
 
Published April 10, 2014 by University of Arizona Press. 296 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Academics Facio and Lara bring together 19 prose and poetry pieces, all reflecting on the spirituality of Chicana, Latina, and indigenous women...A comprehensive collection of feminist spirituality will be incomplete without this volume.

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