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Anthropology of Catholicism: A Reader

Kristin Norget, Valentina Napolitano, and Maya Mayblin


A collection of classic and contemporary ethnographic explorations of Catholicism, by anthropologists and religious studies scholars. The book approaches Catholicism through a variety topics and across a wide range of geographical settings. Includes material whose theme is ‘religion’, as well as contributions that expand on Catholicism’s intersection with politics and economics, secularism and modernity, sex and gender, kinship and heritage, and technologies of mediation.

Keywords: Roman Catholicism, Anthropology of Catholicism, Catholic Church, Anthropology of Religion, Christianity, Conversion, Political theology, Marian Shrine, Pilgrimage, Religious Institution, Religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520288423
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288423.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristin Norget, editor
McGill University

Valentina Napolitano, editor
University of Toronto

Maya Mayblin, editor
University of Edinburgh

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Maya Mayblin, Kristin Norget, and Valentina Napolitano

Part One A Genealogy of the Anthropology of Catholicism

Part Two Contemporary Works in the Anthropology of Catholicism

10 Marking Memory

Hillary Kaell

16 A Catholic Body?

Jon P. Mitchell

Part Three Interventions in the Anthropology of Catholicism

24 The Media of Sensation

Niklaus Largier