AN ETHNOGRAPHY OF SOCIAL MOBILITY: Immigrant Membership in the Seventh-Day Adventist Puerto Rican Ethnic Church

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This ethnographic work, presented in a post-modern style, reports on the crucial role played by Evangelical and Apocalyptic ideology in psychologically transforming the socio-economic well-being of members of a Puerto Rican Church community in Massachusetts. The study also examines the unique challenges faced by Puerto Ricans in comparison to other Latino groups.


“. . . a groundbreaking book. If there were more studies like it, future historians of Adventism could learn a lot more about the texture of the Adventist experience.” – Prof. Malcolm Bull, Oxford University

“. . . a “must read” for people that want to experience a vivid epistemological account of what Puerto Ricans experience in mainland America. . .” – Prof. Ricardo Norton, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

“. . . a crucial new chapter in the study of that religious minority within an ethnic minority called Latino Protestants.” - Prof. Juan Martínez, Fuller Theological Seminary

“. . . should be required reading for those interested in knowing better the Puerto Rican journey and the powerful role Christian faith can play in the lives of marginalized communities in America.” - Prof. Eldin Villafañe, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Table of Contents

Foreword by Prof. Malcolm Bull
1. The Author’s Immigrant Journey
2. At the Bottom of the Ladder
3. Being Puerto Rican on the Mainland
4. Evangelical Protestants with an Educational Mission
5. The Culture of “Vergüenza”
6. The Business of the Community
7. Breaking Away from the Caste
Methodological Epilogue: Studying a Religious Community
Meaning Making for the Leominster Puerto Rican SDA Church
Name Index
Topic Index

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