Anthropological studies on Brazilian Catholicism traditionally focused on popular variants of this religious practice and their relationship with the official Catholicism. Encouraged by recent anthropological perspectives, which highlight the relevance of devoting researches not only on the margins, but also on the center of social practices, this paper analyzes contemporary practices of Brazilian Catholic friars and priests on health promotion. The analysis of their publications (books that include practices and tips on health and that became best sellers etc.), as well as interviews, allows us to perceive a process of environmentalization on the contemporary Brazilian Catholicism. This process seems to highlight the porosity of the Catholicism, which is a characteristic not only of the popular Catholicism, but also of its official variants.
Almeida, Juliano F.
"Contemporary Brazilian Catholicism and Healing Practices: Notes on Environmentalism and Medicalization,"
Journal of Global Catholicism:
2, Article 3. p.30-59.
Available at: https://crossworks.holycross.edu/jgc/vol5/iss2/3
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