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La ruptura de la proximidad en una sociedad polarizada: el caso del Convento de Santa Clara en Mérida-Venezuela

Author(s): Luis Alberto Ramírez Mendez

Journal: Antíteses
ISSN 1984-3356

Volume: 4;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 873;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Clarisse | Polarization | Proximity | Independence | Nuns.

The Breakdown of the Proximity in a Polarized Society: The Case of the Santa Clara Convent in Mérida, Venezuela. 1810 – 1827. In the early nineteenth century, the Spanish American society was polarized and split into two hostile camps, known as Royalists and Patriots, whose conflicts were appreciated significantly over the ideological and institutional areas. In turn, that led to the breaking of any bonds of proximity. This situation was experienced in the convent of Poor Clares of Merida, Venezuela; an institution that was established in 1651 for the religious profession of privileged women of the west of the present Republic of Venezuela, enjoying the respect of society and also, they were depository of significant amounts of capital, becoming the most important convent in western Venezuela. The incidence of the polarization of the independence times society determined the breakdown of close ties within the Poor Clares convent of Merida, motivating physical and ideological separation of the nuns. The implications and effects were traumatic for these cloistered women.
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