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To Belong in Buenos AiresGermans, Argentines, and the Rise of a Pluralist Society$
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Benjamin Bryce

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781503601536

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503601536.001.0001

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The Language of Religion

The Language of Religion

Children and the Future

(p.137) Chapter 6 The Language of Religion
To Belong in Buenos Aires

Benjamin Bryce

Stanford University Press

Immigrant adults participating in organized religion were fundamentally concerned with the place of their respective churches in Argentina. For German-speaking Catholics, that often meant using the German language to strengthen the place of their church in the face of a secularizing state. Some Lutherans were concerned that a shift from German to Spanish would prevent a new generation from remaining involved with their parents’ denomination. At the same time, other parents and children remain involved in religious communities while also demanding services in Spanish. In striking a balance between German and Spanish in order to create a united ethno-religious community, Lutheran and Catholic leaders also excluded many German speakers. The way that they chose to create community blocked out not only people of other denominations but also anyone who was not interested in organized religion.

Keywords:   language, bilingualism, children, denominational identity, religious conflict, intermarriage, Lutheranism, Catholicism, secularization, racialized ethnicity

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