The Geo-Missiological Imagination: The Struggle Over Development and the Imagined Geographies of the Catholic Church in the Americas, 1949-1976
This dissertation is a cultural history of the intersection between Catholic theology and discourses of socio-economic development after the Second World War. By the mid-1960s, official Catholic theology, especially missiology, had begun to imagine a world divided between “development” and “underdevelopment”. The study starts with a focus on the institutional Catholic Church at the global level, but most of the dissertation takes a hemispheric approach, specifically examining the story of the Catholic Church and development in the Americas via the multi-directional networks of the Latin American Apostolate. The intersection of Catholic theology and development discourse in the Americas eventually led to a particular set of debates and conflicts over development within the Catholic Church.
Bishop, Joshua David, "The Geo-Missiological Imagination: The Struggle Over Development and the Imagined Geographies of the Catholic Church in the Americas, 1949-1976" (2020). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI27959925.