Pomona College

Document Type

Undergraduate Research Project

Publication Date

Spring 5-5-2011


This paper analyzes how traditional liberation theology in Brazil has been adapted in the neoliberal age to encompass ecological goals and rhetoric. In this research report, I first examine the work of prominent Brazilian ecotheologians, Ivone Gebara and Leonardo Boff. I then look into the applications of such ecological liberation theology in Catholic activism in Brazil, focusing on the role of religious advocacy in dam controversies, land reform, and mining.


This research was submitted as a final paper in the Religion and Politics of Latin America Seminar at Claremont McKenna College in May 2011, under the supervision of Professor Roderic Ai Camp.

This paper is an extension of a previous ethnographic research study I conducted about Catholic environmental activism in Minas Gerais, Brazil during the summer of 2011. That paper is entitled: "'The Earth is Crying Out in Pains of Childbirth': Bauxite Mining and Sustainable Rural Development in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest" and is available on Scholarship@Claremont as well.

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