For Belief: embodiment and immanence in Catholicism and Mormonism

Mitchell, Jon P and Mitchell, Hildi J (2008) For Belief: embodiment and immanence in Catholicism and Mormonism. Social Analysis, 52 (1). pp. 79-94. ISSN 0155-977X

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This article argues for belief, suggesting that the reason why anthropologists might have moved against belief is their persistent attachment to a linguistic model of religion that sees the job of the anthropologist of religion as being one of translation. In such a model, the absence of the word 'belief' signals the absence of the process. We argue for the enduring utility of belief, not as a linguistic category, but as a description of experiential processes at the heart of religion. Using examples from popular Catholicism and Mormonism, we contend that such processes are rooted in the body. Through bodily practice and performance, religion is generated as an immanent force in the world - people come to believe.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Depositing User: Jon Mitchell
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:07
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2012 11:34
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