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The curtains are closing the Valley: religion and secularism, modernity and nostalgia in the Diocese of Limoeiro do Norte, CE, Brazil (1940-1980)

Grant number: 12/09428-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2012
Effective date (End): January 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of Brazil
Principal researcher:Ivan Aparecido Manoel
Grantee:Edwilson Soares Freire
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais (FCHS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Franca. Franca , SP, Brazil


This project aims to investigate religious and secular documents produced between 1940 and 1980 in the Diocese of Limoeiro do Norte, CE, as well as producing recorded statements with clergy and lay people who know the history of this diocese. In the middle period ultramontane, this diocese was founded in the interior of Ceará for the Church to turn against modernity of liberalism, Protestantism, communism and all the news that afrontasse "life ruled" and morals. We intend to analyze how some little known historical records - the pastoral letters and circulars, logbooks, etc - treat the arrival of "new times" by the Catholic Church and laity and as nostalgia for a time considered the "purity" of religion, when the "curtain of innocence" still clenched Valley Jaguaribe, is assimilated by the interviewees.Faced with an era that was ending definitely in the eyes of all, we want to investigate historical facts dictate that the arrival of this "secular time" (when religion no longer strictly dictate public life) in towns hitherto mainly agricultural and dazzling and / or frustration their populations have experienced this phenomenon. (AU)

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FREIRE, Edwilson Soares. As cortinas que cerram o Vale : religião e secularização na diocese de Limoeiro do NorteCE (1940-1980). 2016. 559 f. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais..

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