Les virtuoses du religieux en paroisse : Une ethnographie du catholicisme en acte

Abstract : This research paper is an ethnographic study of the ordinary practices of the Roman Catholic Church, with a focus on contemporaneous catholic practices in the city vicinity. In this paper, various aspects will be questioned: first, the believers’ commitment to the religious dimension based on their “active participation” in the parish; second, the parish governance as an organizational structure and a frame to manage everyday issues; finally, the shared-responsibility between the laity and the ordained. In order to better tackle the characteristics of these key players and to capture their role in today’s contemporaneous environment, the study has been conducted at the township micro-scale level among a minority of so-called “virtuoso believers” of two churches located in Toulouse downtown. This research paper is at the crossroads of empirical studies on the construction and the evolution of religiosity, as far as Catholic people and the church as an institution are concerned. The paper encompasses several fields of study, among which the Cultural and Social Anthropology, the Sociology of Religion, the History of the church and theology. What is at stake is the future of a religion which faces its own modernity, the objective of the paper being to identify the new features of Catholicism. Thus, the research paper points out the weakened position of the Church which is nonetheless renewed by emerging initiatives.
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Benedicte Rigou-Chemin. Les virtuoses du religieux en paroisse : Une ethnographie du catholicisme en acte. Anthropologie sociale et ethnologie. EHESS - Paris, 2011. Français. ⟨NNT : 2011EHES0477⟩. ⟨tel-01924973⟩

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