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Negotiating RespectPentecostalism, Masculinity, and the Politics of Spiritual Authority in the Dominican Republic$
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Brendan Jamal Thornton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061689

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061689.001.0001

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Villa Altagracia

Villa Altagracia

El Pueblo Caliente, El Pueblo Profético

(p.33) 2 Villa Altagracia
Negotiating Respect

Brendan Jamal Thornton

University Press of Florida

Chapter 2 introduces the reader to two small neighborhood Pentecostal churches and their local community in Villa Altagracia, San Cristóbal province. After providing an outline of the socioeconomic context, the author gives a description of the ethnographic methodology used to collect data for the study. Named after the country’s revered patron saint, Villa Altagracia is an archetypal Dominican town: “poor” and “traditional” by the cosmopolitan standards of the capital, it sits at the intersection of the decline of prosperous sugar production, the rise of export manufacturing, and trying economic changes affecting much of Dominican society over the past quarter century.

Keywords:   Villa Altagracia, sugar production, export manufacturing, ethnographic methodology, socioeconomic context

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