- Title Pages
- 1 Excerpt from “St Besse: A Study of an Alpine Cult”
- 2 Excerpt from “Tarantism and Catholicism”
- 3 Excerpt from “The Place of Grace in Anthropology”
- 4 Excerpt from “The Dinka and Catholicism”
- 5 Excerpt from “Iconophily and Iconoclasm in Marian Pilgrimage”
- 6 Excerpt from <i>Person and God in a Spanish Valley</i>
- 7 Excerpt from “The Priest as Agent of Secularization in Rural Spain”
- 8 Excerpt from “Women Mystics and Eucharistic Devotion in the Thirteenth Century”
- 9 “Complexio Oppositorum”?
- 10 Marking Memory
- 11 Containment and Contagion
- 12 Opulence and Simplicity
- 13 The Paradox of Charismatic Catholicism
- 14 The Virgin of Guadalupe and Spectacles of Catholic Evangelism in Mexico
- 15 The Rosary as a Meditation on Death at a Marian Apparition Shrine
- 16 A Catholic Body?
- 17 Experiments of Inculturation in a Catholic Charismatic Movement in Cameroon
- 18 On a Political Economy of Political Theology
- 19 Making a Home in an Unfortunate Place
- 20 “We’re All Catholics Now”
- 21 What Is Catholic about the Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis?
- 22 Possession and Psychopathology, Faith and Reason
- 23 Catholicism and the Study of Religion
- 24 The Media of Sensation
The Anthropology of Catholicism
- (p.1) Introduction
- Anthropology of Catholicism
- University of California Press
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.
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