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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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On a Political Economy of Political Theology

On a Political Economy of Political Theology

El Señor de los Milagros

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Anthropology of Catholicism

Valentina Napolitano

University of California Press

Through ethnographic exploration of the Peruvian devotion of the Señor de Los Milagros (Lord of the Miracles) in Rome, this chapter discusses the intersection between Catholicism, masculinity and transnational labor. Through close exploration of Catholic orientations and the attachments they create between bodies, flesh and objects, it is argued that Brotherhoods such as the Señor de Los Milagros, should not be understood, in received sociological terms, as a religious migrant movements but rather as movements of the religious through migrants. Such a focus also opens a perspective on the study of animation of materiality in Catholicism through a liturgy-laboring continuum, a distribution of what Pitt Rivers [in this volume] would have called an economy of grace.

Keywords:   Señor de Los Milagros, Masculinities, Catholic Sensorium, Kantorowicz, Transnational Migration, Peru, Rome

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