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American ValueMigrants, Money, and Meaning in El Salvador and the United States$
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David Pedersen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226653396

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226922775.001.0001

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The World in a Park

The World in a Park

(p.209) Chapter Eight The World in a Park
American Value

David Pedersen

University of Chicago Press

The Catholic priest in Intipucá, John King, was a missionary from Cleveland, Ohio. Padre Juan, as he was called by local residents, claimed that Catholicism provides the “big picture” for the congregation, a perfect map of the world which could be found through the active practice of Church doctrine. In secular terms, this map is based on the complexities of everyday life for people in Intipucá and Washington DC, and presented to the “congregation” of people in El Salvador and the United States. This chapter examines everyday life in the pueblo, with an emphasis on the social relations that intersect at its central park. It first considers several occurrences and events that played out in the park during the late 1990s, focusing on several people's lives and the different ways in which they were linked through park activities. The chapter then discusses perceptions of inequality in Intipucá as well as market competition and the service sector in the pueblo.

Keywords:   social relations, Intipucá, John King, El Salvador, United States, pueblo, central park, inequality, market competition, service sector

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