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Through the ethnography of a Catholic community in Northeast Brazil, this book offers a vivid and provocative rethinking of gendered portrayals of Catholic life.
"This theoretically sophisticated book is at the leading edge of a number of currently important anthropological discussions. It is, for example, one of the first and most finely argued studies of the role of morality in social life that we have. It is also one of the first studies of Catholicism to unfold in dialogue with contemporary work in the anthropology of Christianity, moving beyond former preoccupations with syncretism and folk religiosity to give us fully-realized portrait of Catholicism as lived religion. But even as one needs to read this book for the fresh, challenging ideas that are there on almost every page, its also true that Mayblin supports her claims with the kind rounded, pitch-perfect ethnography that makes one remember why one ever thought anthropology was a good way to address major human issues in the first place. This is a book people will be reading for a long time to come." - Joel Robbins, Professor and Chair of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego
"The village of Santa Lucia, tucked away in the northeast of Brazil, is brought to life in this wonderful ethnography. Mayblin's prose is pointed and poignant, and draws the reader in not only to the village but some of the most important theoretical discussions at the intersection between kinship and religion: on morality, on perfection and imperfection, and on how men and women relate. This book will appeal to a wide audience, and garner great respect." - Matthew Engelke, author of A Problem of Presence: Beyond Scripture in an African Church
The Land and the People
Marriage in Santa Lucia
The Bearing of Burdens: Suffering, Containment, and Healing
Working to Sweat: Labor, Narrative, and Redemption
Virtuous Husbands, Powerful Wives: Marriage and the Dangers of Power
From Innocence to Knowledge
MAYA MAYBLIN is Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, UK.