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Kristin Norget, Valentina Napolitano, and Maya Mayblin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288423

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288423.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

The Anthropology of Catholicism

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
Anthropology of Catholicism
Author(s):

Maya Mayblin

Kristin Norget

Valentina Napolitano

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288423.003.0001

The chapter discusses what a contemporary Anthropology of Catholicism would look like, both through and beyond the ‘sacramental imagination’, as a political and institutional form, a contested set of practices, and an embodied and ethical orientation to the world. Through a discussion of ethnographic works on Catholicism both new and old, this chapter reflects both on what is distinctive about Catholicism as a ‘religious’ form, and how a focus on Catholicism can open windows onto areas of debate within the discipline of anthropology more widely.

Keywords:   Syncretism, Church as Institution, Rupture-Continuity debate, Complexio-oppositorum, Inculturation, Theology, Mediation, Missionization, Discipline and Tolerance, Gender

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